Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Kuchh ishq kiya Kuchh kaam kiya

Woh log bahut khush kismat thay
jo ishq ko kaam samajhte thay
ya kaam se aashiqui karte thay
ham jite’ji mashroof rahe
kuchh ishq kiya, kuchh kaam kiya
kaam ishq ke aa’re aata raha
aur ishq se kaam ulajhta raha
phir aakhir tang aakar ham ne
dono ko adhoora chhor diya.

They were lucky
those who counted love as work,
or those who fell in love with the work
they did. All my life, I’ve been busy;
I’ve loved a little, worked a little.
Love always got caught up in work,
work always stepped on love’s feet.
I gave up, finally; left both incomplete.

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Kuchh ishq kiya Kuchh kaam kiya

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