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On Turning Ten - Poem by Billy Collins

The whole idea of it makes me feel
like I'm coming down with something,
something worse than any stomach ache
or the headaches I get from reading in bad light--
a kind of measles of the spirit,
a mumps of the psyche,
a disfiguring chicken pox of the soul.

You tell me it is too early to be looking back,
but that is because you have forgotten
the perfect simplicity of being one
and the beautiful complexity introduced by two.
But I can lie on my bed and remember every digit.
At four I was an Arabian wizard.
I could make myself invisible
by drinking a glass of milk a certain way.
At seven I was a soldier, at nine a prince.

But now I am mostly at the window
watching the late afternoon light.
Back then it never fell so solemnly
against the side of my tree house,
and my bicycle never leaned against the garage
as it does today,
all the dark blue speed drained out of it.

This is the beginning of sadness, I say to myself,
as I walk through the universe in my sneakers.
It is time to say good-bye to my imaginary friends,
time to turn the first big number.

It seems only yesterday I used to believe
there was nothing under my skin but light.
If you cut me I could shine.
But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life,
I skin my knees. I bleed.
Billy Collins

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Har musarat se sargarani hai
Kya yehi aalim jawani hai
Aa tujhe aik raaz batlaaon
Mein bhi fani h

BARDS of Passion and of Mirth,
Ye have left your souls on earth!
Have ye souls in heaven too,

Αnkh laga kar Μere khwabon ko lay jaao Κahi door,
Νalayak raat mein Αate hai or sοne bi nahi

Ankh ka kajal hon teri na roya kar itna

Rone se teri mit'ta hai wajood mera

Mere Teemaar Daaron Se,
Maseeha Jab Ye Keh Dain Gay,
Dawa Taaseer Kho Bethi,

Dua Ka WaQt Aa

furaat-e-chashm mein ek aag si lagata hua
nikal raha hai koi ashk muskuraata hua
pas-e-guman kai

Uski yaad mein guzarti meri har shaam thi
Mere dil se nikli har Dua uske naam thi

Ab mujh ko ilz

*Love Before Marriage*
Janu…tum nahe to mei nahe,
mei nahe to tum nahe…
*Love after Marriage*

Musafir K Rastay Badaltay Rahay
Muqaddar Main Chalna Tha Chaltay Rahay

Muse, 'tis enough: at length thy labour ends,
And thou shalt live, for Buckingham commends.
Let Cr

Aye kuch ab kuch sharab aye,
Is ke baad aye jo azaab aye,
Bam-e-mina se mehtab utre,
Dast-e-saaqi

Khuda nay dost ko dost say milaya.
Doston k liye dosti ka rishta banaya.
Par khuda nay farmaya,
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THE father's name ye ne'er shall be told

Of my darling unborn life;
"Shame, shame," ye cry, "on

shor yunhi na parindon ne machaya hoga
koi jangal ki taraf shahr se aaya hoga
peD ke kaTne walon

Pehlay Likhta Hun Main Kaaghaz Pe Masaail Apne...

Aur Phir Sabar Ke Daryaa Men Bahaa Daitaa Hun.

Be-Dard Zamany Ka Bahana Sa Bana Kar

Hum Toot K Roty Hain Teri Yaad Me Aksar...

THAT voice I hear,—how heard I cannot tell,—
Although my home is this, seems from my home:
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naheen hay na umeed Iqbal apni kasht o weeraan say
zra nam ho to ya mti baree zarhaiz hai saaqi

Dayar-E-Ishk Mein Apna Maqam Paida Kar
Naya Zamana Naye Subuh Sham Paida Kar

Khuda Agar Dil-E-Fi

Tere DIL mein rahenge SMS bankar,
Dhadkano mein bajenge RINGTONE bankar,
Kabhi apne DIL se juda mu

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