beauty of beloved


It is not possible to praise the beauty of beloved.
O the most beautiful one!
Even if you see my beloved, you would also say
O the most beautiful one!

I never saw anyone so beautiful
her body is like the images of Ajanta*
body is like a spell on eyes
body is like a song and perfumed
body is like ecstatic music
body is like sweet-smelling moon-light
body is like a blooming garden
her body is like the first ray of the Sun
body is like carved statue, eye-catching and arresting
like sandalwood
like marble.

Note: Caves in India containing beautiful murals.

face is like a fresh flower.
Is it her face or moon?
face is like a Ghazal, face is like heart of Ghazal
face is like a bud,  face is like lotus
face is like manifestation of imagination
her face is like a dream, and its interpretation too.

Her face is like the tales of Alif Laila*.
One moment real, another moment imagination
face is like no other face
forehead is moonlike
so is her body.

Note: Arabian Nights.

I could not keep off my eyes after seeing her eyes
they are like two cups of wine and that too, burning
are these eyes or two doors of wine-house
her downward glance is abashness
her upward glance is prayer
when eyes look up after downward glance, is like a style
eyes, in which arrested are the sky and the earth
like Narcissus
and greyish

The story of the tresses of beloved is also long
tresses are like shadows on my heart
tresses are like over-cast clouds
tresses like some black spectre
when tresses are entangled, so also is the world
when tresses are straight, then writing this song becomes easy
when tresses spread apart then black night downs
when tresses sway then the night sings
tresses are chains, but so beautiful
and Perfumed.




~Nusrat Fateh ali Khan & Javed Akhtar~


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