Shafiq Fatima Shera is our selection for the 'Poet of the month - May 2020'
She was born on 17th May 1930. She started her studies Nagpur, Brunhapur and Aurangabad. She completed her M.A in Aurangabad and taught in many colleges as a lecturer. Government College of Aurangabad (1957), Aurangabad College for Womens (Navkhanda) in 1964 - 65 and, after marriage, at Mumtaz College of Hyderabad (1971 - 1990).
Her poetry journey begins from Aurangabad under the guidance of notable poets like Sikandar Ali Wajd, Yaqub Usmani and Qazi Saleem (Ex-MP of Aurangabad).
Her poetry was popular in Marathwada region and later she showed her interest in writing Ghazals.
Paude nahi akele chaya hai inki sanghi sathi,
Par aatma akeli vaadi ki god mein chand darpan uchalte hai.
Chandi ka jagmagata vo jhilmilata mandva,
Khosha ssa khil utha hai is mein junani taara.
Parbat nahi akele chalte, chalte hai saath unke,
Vashi hava ke jhonke relein par aatma akeli gaati hai,
Ek surat-e-sarmanddi bhi, Sagar lahar lahar mein, Bela chara raha hai.
Nar-Nari ke milan ki dariya nahi akele behte,
Behti hai saath unke maujein, Inki par, aatma akeli.
Phir chalak uthi aankhein, Shama gin rahi hai phir,
Raah ke dhundhalke mein Intezaar ki ghadiyaan.
Sunkar mere nagme ko Laal-o-Gul se lao uthi,
Zarre-Zarre mein machla rang wo gham ka ek tufaan.
Mujho kya khabar aasu abar ke thame kaise,
Mai kal bhi giriyan thi aur aaj bhi giriyan.
Tere naam ne jaadu kuch jagah diya aisa,
Khaar posh raaho mein jaise beech gayi kaliyaan.
She knew Arabic, Persian and Urdu Languages because of which her poetry has reached many places in Asia. Many literature and research papers are published under her name in India & Pakistan.
Books: Afaq-e-Nawa (1987), Galla-e-Safoora (1990), Silsila-e-Mukalmat (2006).
Source of information:
Book: 'Marathwada mein Urdu Ghazal Azaadi ke Baad' written by Dr. Shaheen Fatema.