At Boeing the Management last year decided to make major cost cutting actions and offered (VLO) Voluntary Lay Offs to senior employees!

So I thought this parody of Faiz Ahmed Faiz's ghazal

"Goloun mein rang bharay baade naubhar chale"

was so appropriate to this situation faced by

so many senior employees at Boeing!


Boeing mein layoff bhari baad-e-purghubar chale
Chale bhi Jao ke Boeing ka kaarobaar chale


Cubicle udaas hai yaaro sabaa se kuchh to kaho
Kahin to bahr-e-khudaa aaj zikr-e-havai Jahaz chale


Kabhi to subah teray parking lot se ho aaghaaz
Kabhi to shab teray Jet Engine se mushkbaar chale


Bara hai dard ka rishta yeh dil gharib sahi
Boeing ke naam pe aaenge ghamguzaar chale


Jo hum pe guzri so guzri magar VLO ki shab-e-hijraan
Hamaare ashk aye Boeing teri aaqibat sanwaar chale


Huzoor-e-yaar hui daftar-e-Performance Management ki talab
Girah mein leke girebaan Pension ka taat taar chale


Maqaam Faiz koi raah mein jacha hi nahin
Jo ku-e-yaar gate E78 se nikle to su-e-daar Walmart chale


Gate E78 is the main gate for the Everett Factory where all the wide body Jets are manufactured!