Bahar Aai To Jaise Yak Baar
Bahar aai to jaise yak baar
Llaut aaye hain phir adam se
Wo khwaab saarey, shabaab saare
Jo tere honton pe mar mite the
Jo mit ke har baar phir jiye the
Nnikhar gaye hain gulaab saare
Jo tere yaadon se mushk-bu hain
Jo tere ushshaaq kaa lahu hain
Ubal paRe hain azaab saare
Gubaar-e-Khaatir ke baab saare
Ssawal saare, Jawaab saare
Bbahaar aai to khul gaye hain
Naye sire se hisaab saare
It Is Spring Again
English Translation by Agha Shahid Ali
It is spring, And the ledger is opened again.
From the abyss where they were frozen,
those days suddenly return, those days
that passed away from your lips, that died
with all our kisses, unaccounted.
The roses return: they are your fragrance;
they are the blood of your lovers.
Sorrow returns. I go through my pain
and the agony of friends still lost in the memory
of moon-silver arms, the caresses of vanished women.
I go through page after page. There are no answers,
and spring has come once again asking
the same questions, reopening account after account.