meer taqi meer, love, poetry

Aashiqi Mein Meer Jaise Khwaab Mat Dekha Karo

Faisal Fehmi

Meer Taqi Meer rightly deserves the title of Khuda-e-Sukhan. From chronicling the day-to-day experiences of life to exploring issues in philosophy, Meer’s poetry touches upon almost every aspect of being. When it comes to describing the matters of love, he stands unparalleled. It is said that Meer used to go wild at the sight of the moon, as he had an illusion that face of his separated beloved was reflected in the moon. As Ahmad Faraz has aptly put:

Aashiqi mein Meer jaise khwaab mat dekha karo
Baawle hojaaoge mahtaab mat dekha karo

Here are five soulful couplets of Meer where he defines love. Read and cherish:

meer taqi meer, love, poetry

Love is beloved, love is lover
Love, in sum, has fallen for love

meer taqi meer, love, poetry

Love, oh Meer is but a heavy stone
Too burdening for your weakened bone

meer taqi meer, love, poetry

I did all I could for its cure
But love’s ailment did still endure

meer taqi meer, love, poetry

Where to find the wandering lovers, to the wind I asked
A handful of dust in the breeze did it cast

meer taqi meer, love, poetry

In the beginning, a burning flame in love I was
At the end, only a handful of dust I am

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