The ghazal not only has a specific form but also traditionally deals with variety of subjects and has encountered revolutions over the ages, there was a drastic change in the subjects of ghazal opted by the Poets. The most prominent subject of ghazal even after the end of romantic era of Urdu literature has been love, specifically an unconditional and superior love.
Ghazals from the Indian subcontinent have an influence of Islamic mysticism and the subject of love can usually be interpreted for a higher being or for a mortal beloved. The love is always viewed as something that will complete a human being, and if attained will lift him or her into the ranks of the wise, or will bring satisfaction to the soul of the poet. Traditional ghazal law may or may not have an explicit element of sexual desire in it, and the love may be spiritual. The love may be directed to either a man or a woman.
The ghazal is always written from the point of view of the unrequited lover whose beloved is portrayed as unattainable. Most often, either the beloved has not returned the poet’s love or returns it without sincerity or else the societal circumstances do not allow it. The lover is aware and resigned to this fate but continues loving nonetheless; the lyrical impetus of the poem derives from this tension.
Kirdaar Husain binds different emotions of love into a single GHAZAL. Hope you enjoy it.
Aankhon ki palkon ka ye aansu na jaane kaha kho gaya hai,
Bhara tha jo ghar kal tak aaj khali sa kyu ho gaya hai.
Muddato ke baad toh mili thi mujhe khushiyaan,
Nazar haaye kiski lagi ki ab dil bhi suna sa ho gaya hai.
Kisi se dil lagana bhi ab gawara nahi hai mujhe,
Ek baar laga ke dekh tha tabse patthar sa ho gaya hai.
Ab kya haal bataun kisi ko aur kya kisi se khairiyat puchu,
Ghamgin ye jo dil hai ab shayar sa ho gaya hai.
Main toh saath chalne ka waada aaj tak nibha raha hu ‘kirdaar’,
Rah-e-ishq me chalte chalte tu kyu bewafa sa ho gaya hai.
~ Kirdaar Husain