Rickshaw and truck poetry from Pakistan

My old friend Raza Bokhari sent me these golden lines used by our rickshaw & truck drivers to express their angst, emotion and sense of humour in a hostile environment.

Tu lang ja sadi kher ay

Pass by, I can wait


Zid na kar RANA aap bara ziddi ay

Don’t be obstinate, the driver is also a nut

Pass ker ya bardasht ker

Either pass me or tolerate me

Sawari labby na labby speed ek so nabby

Whether I have a client or not, I shall [over] speed


Jinnay maa nu staya onny raksha chalaya

The one who was rude to mother, ends up driving a rickshaw

Chal pagli sajan ke des

Dear girl, move to your lover’s kingdom

Lag gai tay rozi na lagi tay roza

If I get work there will be work, if not then I shall be fasting

Fasla rakhen nahi to pyar ho jayega

If you don’t keep distance, we might fall in love

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