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The Old School

 
You have no mortal enemy , but time

 
Stopping by the Old School

 

 
Look around
now

where did it
all
go

yesteryear’s
laughter

last winter’s
snow?

 
*
 
doesn’t seem
real
now

but you’ve
been there
before

all so
unreal
now

once
favored
haunts

only mere
spaces
now

favored
no more

where once
you took
your chances

in surreptitious
glances

in bashful
romances

and late
midnight
dances

 
*
 
many that
betrayed
you

few that
were
true

all swept
away
now

washed
off
in rue
 
*
 
schoolyard’s
full
now

sea of
new
faces

just walked
beside
it

all the
old
places

strangers
stare back
at you

as you try
to
smile

nobody knows
you

but you
tarry
a while

coffee mug’s
tipping
full

but your
heart
is so bare

they’re where
they should
be

but why are
you
there?

 
*
 
the masters
are
new

they look
at
you oddly

as you
wave
a hand

you move
away
sadly

they
don’t
understand
 
*
 
there
walk
the lovers

still holding
hands

mocked by
the
wastrels

by the
old soda
stands
 
*
 
you walk
to
the doorway

you stop
in some
doubt

will she
come out
again

give you
a
shout

she isn’t
there
now

where did
she
go

come
away
dreamer

you’re just
fortune’s
fool

that was
long
long ago

time is
very
cruel

one that you
wished
now

you had only
said

you are the
only
one

words
left unsaid

 
*
 
hardest
of thoughts
are

about what
was
not to be

if you had
a second
chance

to
clasp
fervently

all that
is
left now

is to
grieve
silently
 

*
 

you are on
your way
out

they are
walking
past

they
the living
present

you the
shadow
past

 
*
 
once
a happy
stage

where you
frolicked
so free

now all’s
closed
to you

wiped
off the
page
 
*
 
so you look
one
last time

heave a
heavy
sigh

not one
to
hear now

your
half-lisped
goodbye

 
*
 
but as
you
walk away

you hear
yourself
say

I once had
a name
here

I once
bore a
flame

burnt me
full sore
then

burns me
still
yet

she who
won’t
remember

I who
won’t
forget

 
*
 
O wish she
would
remember

what I
cannot
forget
?

 
[©R.Kanth 2024]

 

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (A Novel), A Day in the Life (Novel), Expiations (Verse), and Farewell to Modernism (Political Economy Tract).

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