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Choices - Poem by Nikki Giovanni

If i can't do
what i want to do
then my job is to not
do what i don't want
to do
It's not the same thing
but it's the best i can
do

If i can't have
what i want . . . then
my job is to want
what i've got
and be satisfied
that at least there
is something more to want

Since i can't go
where i need
to go . . . then i must . . . go
where the signs point
through always understanding
parallel movement
isn't lateral

When i can't express
what i really feel
i practice feeling
what i can express
and none of it is equal
I know
but that's why mankind
alone among the animals
learns to cry
Nikki Giovanni

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Stanza (33)

Ho Na Ye Phool To Bulbul Ka Tarannum Bhi Na Ho
Chaman-e-Dehr Mein Kaliyon Ka Tabassu

phir koi naya zaKHm naya dard ata ho
us dil ki KHabar le jo tujhe bhul chala ho
ab dil mein sar-

Na Saboot Hai Na Daleel Hai
Mere Sath Rab-E-Jaleel Hai
Tera Naam Kitna Mukhtasir
Tera Zikr Kitna

Sab qareenay, usi dildaar ke, rakh dete haiN

Hum ghazal men bhi hunar yaar ke rakh dete haiN

S

Borha hone mai konsi dair Lagti hai

Bas Zara Sa Ghum lag Jaye to Admi Borha

Baagh main jaane ke adaab hua karte hain,
Kisi titlee ko na phoolon se urraya jaye..

Pareshan Raat Ho Jaye Agar Main Dastan Keh Don,,,

Main Chup Reh Kar Shab_e_Tareek Pe Ehsaan Kart

When forty winters shall besiege thy brow,
And dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field,
Thy youth'

Musalman Ko Musalman Kar Diya Toofan-E-Maghrib Ne
Talatum Haye Darya Hi Se Hai Gohar Ki Seerabi

Mery Humsafar Ka Ye Hukm Tha K Main BAAT Uss Se Kam Karon,

Mery Hont Aisy Sily K Phir Meri Chup

I'm thinking about you. What else can I say?
The palm trees on the reverse
are a delusion; so is t

Unhe main teri tamanna ka fun sikhata hoon,
Jo log teri tamanna se darne lagte hain..

Torr lenge hr ik shai se rishta torr dene ki naubat to aye,
Hum qayamat ke khud muntazir hain pr ki

Kahin aah ban ke lab per tera naam aa na jaye,
Tujhe bewafa kahoon mein, woh maqaam aa na jaye,
Ji

Chalne Ka Hosla Nahi Rukna Mahal Kar Dya
Ishq Ke Is Safar Ne Tu Muj Ko Nidhal Kar Dya

A stone I died and rose again a plant;
A plant I died and rose an animal;
I died an animal and was

Ankh Masruf e Nazara thi to Hm khush thy Faraz
Tum ney Kia Zulm Kia Dil mein Thikana Ker K

Zamana sakht kam-azaar hai ba-jaan-e-asad,
wagarna hum toh tawaqqo zyada rakhte hain.

Tan-e-ba-b

Or whether doth my mind, being crowned with you,
Drink up the monarch's plague, this flattery?
Or

Teri Kalaai Eid Ki Shabb Tujh Se Puchy Gi,,,

Woh Ab Tak Chooriyan Le Kar Na Jany Kyun Nahi Aaya,,

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