hai;N ba((d mire marg ke aa;saar se ab tak
suukhaa nahii;N lohuu dar-o-diivaar se ab tak

1) there are, after my death, things like traces/effects, until now
2) the blood has not dried from the door and walls, until now



aa;saar : 'Footprints, vestiges, tracks, traces, marks, signs, tokens, remains, relics, monuments or memorials; effects; impressions; indications of state or condition, promises, symptoms; ... origin; basis, foundation (of a building, &c.); breadth of a wall'. (Platts p.22)

S. R. Faruqi:

The verse is commonplace and is by way of introduction. But the use of the word aa;saar is not devoid of interest. One of its meanings is 'foundation' as well. The 'breadth of a wall' is another; among builders the word is still used in this way. For more detail see farhang-e i.s:tilaa;haat-e peshahvaraa;N vol. 1, by Maulvi Zafar ul-Rahman. Thus the word aa;saar , here and in {233,1}, is a zila with 'door and walls'.

In urduu lu;Gat , taarii;xii u.suul par , vol. 2, the present verse has been noted and the meaning given as follows: 'That survival (writing, building, or framework, etc.) from ancient or former times, through which information can be obtained about the history and culture of its era; remainder, memorial'.

It's clear that all these meanings are only imaginary, and are entirely without connection to this verse. Here aa;saar is used in its common meaning of 'traces', and with regard to the builders' term it's a zila with 'door and walls'; and the beauty of the verse too is in this very thing. Otherwise, in the first line the refrain would not be fully effective [kaar-gar], and although the theme is comparatively new, its expression would be without 'proof', so that there would be no special beauty in it.



SRF is usually a great finder and defender of secondary and tertiary meanings, so it's salutary for him to remind us that such meanings can sometimes be over-emphasized at the expense of the primary meanings, the ones that are truly activated and effective within the context of the verse. Over-reading, or hyper-expansion of meaning(s), is a morbid practice that should be avoided as carefully as possible.

In the case of this verse, however, if we wanted to argue the point we could maintain that in the verse we don't know how much time has passed since the speaker/lover's death-- perhaps he died ages ago, but through the miraculous power of passion, his blood is even now moist on the doors and walls, so that the bloodstains not only are 'traces' but also constitute a 'memorial' or 'ancient survival' that provides testimony about the long-ago lover's way of life (and death).

Note for grammar fans: In the first line the se is not the postposition, but is short for jaise : there are 'things like' aa;saar .