Aaj Akhan Waris Shah Nun

Aaj Akhan Waris Shah Nun

Amrita Pritam


Aj aakhan Waris Shah nun, kiton kabraan vichchon bol,
Te aj kitab-e-ishq daa koi agla varka phol
Ik roi si dhi Punjab di, tun likh likh maare vaen,
Aj lakhaan dhian rondian, tainun Waris Shah nun kaehn
Uth dardmandaan dia dardia, uth takk apna Punjab
Aj bele lashaan bichhiaan te lahu di bhari Chenab
Kise panjan panian vichch ditti zehr ralaa
Te unhaan paniian dharat nun ditta paani laa
Is zarkhez zamin de lun lun phuttia zehr
Gitth gitth charhiaan laalian fut fut charhiaa qehr
Veh vallissi vha pher, van van vaggi jaa,
Ohne har ik vans di vanjhali ditti naag banaa
Pehlaa dang madaarian, mantar gaye guaach,
Dooje dang di lagg gayi, jane khane nun laag
Laagaan kile lok munh, bus phir dang hi dang,
Palo pali Punjaab de, neele pae gaye ang
Gale`on tutt`e geet phir, takaleon tuttii tand,
Trinjanon tuttiaan saheliaan, charakhrre ghukar band
Sane sej de beriaan, Luddan dittiaan rohr,
Sane daliaan peengh aj, piplaan dittii tor
Jitthe vajdi si phuuk pyaar di, ve oh vanjhali gayi guaach
Raanjhe de sab veer aj, bhul gaye uhadi jaach
Dharti te lahoo varsiya, kabraan paiaan choan,
Preet diaan shaahzaadiaan, aaj vichch mazaaraan roan
Aj sabbhe Kaido` ban gaye, husn, ishq de chor
Aj kitthon liaaiye labbh ke Waris Shah ik hor
Aj aakhan Waris Shah nun, kiton kabraan vichchon bol,
Te aj kitaab-e-ishq da, koi aglaa varka phol

Today I Call Waris Shah 

Amrita Pritam

A. Pritam

Today, I call Waris Shah, “Speak from your grave”
And turn, today, the book of love’s next affectionate page
Once, a daughter of Punjab cried and you wrote a wailing saga
Today, a million daughters, cry to you, Waris Shah
Rise! O’ narrator of the grieving; rise! look at your Punjab
Today, fields are lined with corpses, and blood fills the Chenab
Someone has mixed poison in the five rivers’ flow
Their deadly water is, now, irrigating our lands galore
This fertile land is sprouting, venom from every pore
The sky is turning red from endless cries of gore
The toxic forest wind, screams from inside its wake
Turning each flute’s bamboo-shoot, into a deadly snake
With the first snakebite; all charmers lost their spell
The second bite turned all and sundry, into snakes, as well
Drinking from this deadly stream, filling the land with bane
Slowly, Punjab’s limbs have turned black and blue, with pain
The street-songs have been silenced; cotton threads are snapped                                                     
Girls have left their playgroups; the spinning wheels are cracked                                                                  
Our wedding beds are boats their logs have cast away
Our hanging swing, the Pipal tree has broken in disarray
Lost is the flute, which once, blew sounds of the heart
Ranjha’s brothers, today, no longer know this art
Blood rained on our shrines; drenching them to the core
Damsels of amour, today, sit crying at their door
Today everyone is, ‘Kaido;’ thieves of beauty and ardour
Where can we find, today, another Warish Shah, once more
Today, I call Waris Shah, “Speak from your grave”
And turn, today, the book of love’s next affectionate page


7 responses to “Aaj Akhan Waris Shah Nun

  1. Siddha dil ‘ch pohnch geyan e gallan, wah..subhaanallah.

  2. ਓਹਦੇ ਵਿਛੋੜੇ ਨੇ ਲਾਈ ਪੀੜ ਐਸੀ, ਜਿਹੜੀ ਅਰਸੇ ਬਾਅਦ ਵੀ ਮੁਕਦੀ ਨਹੀਂ।
    ਓਹਨੂੰ ਰੋਕਿਆ ਪਰ ਓਹ ਨਹੀਂ ਰੁਕੀ, ਜਿਵੇਂ ਮੁੱਠੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਰੇਤ ਕੱਦੇ ਰੁਕਦੀ ਨਹੀਂ।
    ਓਹਦੇ ਦਿਲ ਦਿਆਂ ਰੱਬ ਕਰੇ ਪੂਰੀਆਂ ਹੌਣ, ਸਾਨੂੰ ਪਰਵਾਹ ਅਪਣੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਸੁੱਖ ਦੀ ਨਹੀਂ।
    ਓਹਦੇ ਬਿਨਾ ਹੋ ਗਏ ਜਿੰਦਾ ਲਾਸ਼ ਵਰਗੇ, ਤੇ ਲਾਸ਼ ਦੀ ਕੱਦੇ ਕੋਈ ਰਗ ਦੁੱਖਦੀ ਨਹੀਂ।


    the above is an unprecedencial achievement. It would have been more beneficial if the above has been translate in urduversion (punjabi). Thanks.

  4. It would be even better if it was translated into English 🙂

  5. too good, really touches heart, it is something which really forces to think “why we people on the earth are fighting with each other with no reasons at all?”.

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