Ghazal 15, Verse 14

{15,14}

yaad kar vuh din kih har yak ;halqah teraa daam kaa
inti:zaar-e .said me;N ik diidah-e be-;xvaab thaa

1) recall that day, when every single circle of your net
2) in the wait/lookout for prey, was a single/particular/unique/excellent sleepless eye

Notes:

inti:zaar : 'Expecting, waiting (anxiously); looking out; expectation; expectancy'. (Platts p.87)

Nazm:

These [two verses] are a verse-set, and 'circle of the net' has been used as a simile for 'sleepless eye'. The reason for the similitude is that the sleepless eye, like the circle of the net, remains open. (17)

== Nazm page 17

Vajid:

Urdu text: Vajid 1902 {15}

Bekhud Dihlavi:

He says, you remember those days too, when every circle of your net was an unsleeping eye, in waiting for prey. How eloquently the simile of the circle of a net for an unsleeping eye (which is open at all times because of its unsleepingness) has been established. (34)

Bekhud Mohani:

That is, you wanted someone to die [of love] for you. I'm that very one who, before all the others, fell in love with you. Now why have your eyes been averted from me? (In every way he wants to make the beloved gracious. It's the common rule that when past events of love are recalled, then love is aroused afresh.) (38)

FWP:

SETS == EK
BONDAGE: {1,5}

This is the second and concluding verse of the little verse-set that began with {15,13}. Images of the Hunter [.saiyaad] and his/her prey are common in the ghazal world.

Each circle of the hunter's net is a round, open eye; and the activity the hunter is engaged in is, by no coincidence, inti:zaar with its root of na:zar , 'sight, vision, gaze' etc. The hunter is engaged in 'waiting' only by extension from the literal sense of 'looking out'.

The wordplay seems commonplace and less than compelling, and the thought not exactly profound. Yet verses like this can have their place in an oral performance setting, and especially as part of the larger whole of a verse-set.