We’ve all been through the emotional trauma that comes with a painful separation. When it comes to matters of the heart, the underlying emotions of abandonment and insecurity further complicate the grief. It’s hard to hold on to it and harder to let go. But no one can disagree that a broken heart finds solace in beautiful poetry. 

And when it’s about describing the feelings of an aching heart, nothing beats the beautiful couplets and shayaris in Urdu.  

Here are 20 shayaris on the pain of separation that will help you survive the loss:

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