koi umeed bar nahin aati
koi soorat nazar nahin aati
maut ka ek din mu'ayyan hai
neend kyun raat bhar nahi aati
aage aati thi haal-e-dil pe hasee
aab kisi baat par nahi aati
jaanta hoon sawaab-e-taa'at-o-zahad
par tabiyat idhar nahin aati
hai kuch aisee hi baat jo chup hoon
warna kya baat kar nahin aati?
kyon na cheekhon ki yaad karate hain
mere awaaz gar nahin aati
daag-e-dil gar nazar nahin aata
boo bhi aye chaaraagar! nahin aati
hum wahan hain jahaan se humko bhi
kuch humari khabar nahin aati
marte hain aarzoo mein marne ki
maut aati hai par nahin aati
kaaba'a kis munh se jaaoge 'ghalib'
sharm tumko magar nahin aati
No hope comes to fulfillment
No face comes into view
One day of death has been decreed -
Why doesn't sleep come, all night?
I used to laugh at the state of my heart,
Now I don't laugh at anything.
I know the merit of obedience and asceticism, But my temperament just doesn't incline that way.
There's something or the other, that makes me silent -
Otherwise, don't I know how to speak?
Why shouldn't I scream? For she remembers me -
If she doesn't hear my voice.
If you don't see the burning wound in my heart, Oh physician, can't you even smell it?
I am in a place where even to me
No news comes about myself.
I'm dying with longing to die -
Death comes, but does not come.
How will you have the nerve to go to the Ka'ba, Ghalib?
Perhaps you have no sense of shame.