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Gone are the days, ...........but not the memories
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Gone are the days
When the school reopened in June,
And we settled in our new desks and benches.

Gone are the days
We learnt writing with slates and pencils, and progressed
To fountain pens and ball pens and then micro tips.

Gone are the days
We began drawing with crayons and evolved to
Colour pencils and finally sketch pens.

Gone are the days
We started calculating first with tables and then with
Clarkes tables and advanced to calculators and computers.

Gone are the days
When we chased one another in the corridors in Intervals,
And returned to the classrooms drenched in sweat.

Gone are the days
When we had lunch in classrooms, corridors,
Playgrounds, under the trees and even in the football ground.

Gone are the days
When 4 colours in the world,
gave us lot of colour and fun to all our lifes.

Gone are the days
When a single P.T. period in the week's Time Table,
Was awaited more eagerly than anything else.

Gone are the days
When cricket was played with writing pads as bats,
And paper and socks rolled into balls.

Gone are the days
When few played "cricket" and "football" in scorching sun,
While others simply played "book cricket" in the confines of
classroom.

Gone are the days
When few rushed at 3:30 to
"Conquer" window seats in our School bus.

Gone are the days
While few others had "ice cream soda", "sip up",
"and "pepsi !" in the afternoons.

Gone are the days
When we got sour throats,
cheering to see our BB team win.

Gone are the days
When Fr Pulikals classes were,
better than anything under the sun.

Gone are the days
We learnt, we enjoyed, we played, we won, we lost,
We laughed, we cried, we fought, we did what not...

Gone are the days
But not the memories, which will be
Lingering in our hearts for ever and ever and Ever and ever and Eve
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Copyright, 2004 - Vivek Prabhakar.

Vivek Prabhakar
Software Engineer,
USsoftware Pvt Ltd,
Nila,Technopark,
Trivandrum.