o my long-lost playful school days,
come back into me in slow steps ,
yes, not on fleeting feet to vanish in a moment-
o my distant friends ,lend your carefree voice
as of those cheerful days on sands and soil-
o how i wish to be amongst you all again and again,
with no added years on our backs, on holidays
when we in total abandon ,rolled on the riverbeds
in innumerable games divining our own rules-
alas ! the cruel time has snatched all of you
and hid you from sight and memory for ever-
how many are alive today to hear my grieving call?
i sink in tears over the irretrievable loss
of those adolescent years that roared like waves
spraying bubbles of joy on the shores of youth!