Poetry by Javed Akhtar: Ik baat honton tak hai

By: Javed Akhtar

Ik baat honton tak hai jo aayi nahin

Bas ankhon say hai jhaankti

Tumse kabhi, mujhse kabhi

Kuch lafz hain woh maangti

Jinko pehanke honton tak aa jaaye woh

Aawaaz ki baahon mein baahein daalke ithlaye woh

Lekin jo yeh ik baat hai

Ahsas hi ahsas hai

Khushboo si hai jaise hawa mein tairti

Khushboo jo be-aawaaz hai

Jiska pata tumko bhi hai

Jiski khabar mujhko bhi hai

Duniya se bhi chupta nahin

Yeh jaane kaisa raaz hai

In English

There is a matter that has almost come to my lips

This is evident in my eyes

Sometimes from you, sometimes from me

They ask for words

To take their shape and come to my lips

And to be embraced by my voice

But this matter Is a feeling…only a feeling

Floating in air like fragrance

Fragrance becomes its voice

That you know of

That I know of

It’s not hidden from the world

Don’t know what kind of secret is this

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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