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Consolation - Poem by Billy Collins

How agreeable it is not to be touring Italy this summer,
wandering her cities and ascending her torrid hilltowns.
How much better to cruise these local, familiar streets,
fully grasping the meaning of every roadsign and billboard
and all the sudden hand gestures of my compatriots.

There are no abbeys here, no crumbling frescoes or famous
domes and there is no need to memorize a succession
of kings or tour the dripping corners of a dungeon.
No need to stand around a sarcophagus, see Napoleon's
little bed on Elba, or view the bones of a saint under glass.

How much better to command the simple precinct of home
than be dwarfed by pillar, arch, and basilica.
Why hide my head in phrase books and wrinkled maps?
Why feed scenery into a hungry, one-eyes camera
eager to eat the world one monument at a time?

Instead of slouching in a café ignorant of the word for ice,
I will head down to the coffee shop and the waitress
known as Dot. I will slide into the flow of the morning
paper, all language barriers down,
rivers of idiom running freely, eggs over easy on the way.

And after breakfast, I will not have to find someone
willing to photograph me with my arm around the owner.
I will not puzzle over the bill or record in a journal
what I had to eat and how the sun came in the window.
It is enough to climb back into the car

as if it were the great car of English itself
and sounding my loud vernacular horn, speed off
down a road that will never lead to Rome, not even Bologna.
Billy Collins

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Sochna Chor Bhi De Aye Dil-E-Nakaam Usy
Tere Siwa Bhi Hain Duniya Main Kayi Kaam Usy

Tu K Barbad

bhaDak uTha hai alaw tumhaari furqat ka
nahin hai tum pe asar phir bhi kyun mohabbat ka

maani

Ban jaon agar tum sa tumhen kaisa lagayga
Har pal mein rahon tum se khafa kaisa lagayga

Parhtay

There is a boat down on the quay come home at last.
The paint's chipped, the sails stained as if
T

A yacht from its harbour ropes pulled free,
And leaped like a steed o’er the race track blue,

SunO.....
Humdam Mere Mujh kO
BOhat Kuch Tum se Kehna Hai
Yeh Raatein
Mujh Pe Bhaari Hain

Waqt Ne Beet Hi Jana Tha Aur
Waqt Gaya Hai Beet Ni Maye

Baqi Sary Rishte Jhoote
Sachi Teri Pare

Brave Menelaus son of Atreus now came to know that Patroclus had
fallen, and made his way through t

Sabar Be-Misl Tha Himmat Thi Bla ki Meri
Par Teri Bat Thi Sehne Mein Zra Waqt Laga...

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted,

Hawa K Jhonkon Ka Hisab Kya Rakhna,

Jo Beet Gaye Pal Unhin Yad Kya Rakhna,

Bus Ye Soch Kr Musk

Sabhi ko sab kuch nahi milta,
Nadi ki har lehar ko sahil nahi milta,
Yeh dil walon ki dunia hai do

All but blind
In his chambered hole,
Gropes for worms
The four-clawed mole.

All but blind
In

Having crossed the river,
where will you go, O friend?

There's no road to tread,
No traveler a

God said, Let there be light; and there was light.
Then heard we sounds as though the Earth did si

Hilaal-e-eid ko dekho to rok lo aansu,
Jo ho sake to mohabbat ka ehtraam karo..

مدعی میری صفائے دل سے ہوتا ہے خجل
ہے تماشا‘ زشت رویوں ک

hoti hai laakh gham ki dawa neend bhi magar,
hotey hain aesey gham bhi ke soney nahi detey

Teri ulfat k taqazy b ajab andaz k thay,

Iqraar alag, takraar alag, ta'zeem alag,
farmaan alag

Ajnabi khawhishen seene me dabaa bi na sakoon,
Aese zidii hain parinde ke urraa bhi na sakoon,
Pho

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