बुढ़ापा

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बुढ़ापा kavita

Photo by VinothChandar

उम्र की हर ऋतु का
बन जाए जो समागम,
ऐसी सोंधी ख़ुश्बू सा
होता बुढ़ापे का मौसम,
जीवन की राहों में
बेनाम हुए जो अरमान,
बुढ़ापे के अंशुल ने
दी उन्हे हसीन उड़ान,
चाहतों के लेकर पंख नये
आया है बुढ़ापे का पढ़ाव,

बचपन ने सुनाया
अठखेलियों का साज़,
यौवन ने सिखलाया
चंचलता का राग,
पर अब सुरीला लगे
प्रौढ़ सहजता का गीत,
बन कर आया बुढ़ापा
वो मीठा मन मीत,
गुनगुना लें ये तराना
देकर तजुर्बे की धुन,
जीने की नयी तान
लाया बुढ़ापे का गुण,

ना आए ये बुढ़ापा
तो कैसे मिलेगा सूत,
ना मिले इसकी छांव
तो कैसे पाएँगे सुकून,
जर्जर हड्डियों का नहीं
प्रबल सोच का ये रूप,
निर्भरता का प्रतीक नहीं
परिपक्व है इसका स्वरूप,
नयी पीढ़ी की ज़रूरत
उसकी प्रेरणा का ये स्त्रोत,
बुझते दिये का प्रतीक नहीं
ये बुढ़ापा तो है अखंड ज्योत,
जला लेते हैं ये ज्योत
लेकर होठों पर मुस्कान,
जीवन का बन के सार
आया बुढ़ापे का मुकाम |

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