The moon is quiet tonight,
Frosty, heavily, slides the winter evening,
Wind is biting and cold.
Through a long passage, on the highway;
Stands the Hotel Country Inn.
Luminously shining and huge, out by the road, packed.
Pious day of Basant Panchmii, stand ‘I’ alone!
Waiting for my old friend in the midst of drum beats.
In the din and noise received a telephonic call;
My heart started jumping like a recent affianced youth;
Clearing the dancing lasses, saw a beauty, smiling;
Seeing my old friend here is like bliss and joy divine.
Decades had elapsed since we left,
Many more years had flown very fast and made us brown,
Many times mighty earth has evolved around the sun,
But appears our amity is still ‘eternally young.’
Used to roam in the huge green Campus together,
Covered with lush green trees and plants,
The land scattered with dead yellow leaves and grass;
Mangoes, guavas, papaya, laddered with ripe fruits,
Enriched the landscape vast.
Silence-hardly any soul out expect few worshipers of cupid!
The lights tingling-dangling through the thick tress,
Witnessing empty lecture rooms;- but quiet,
Somber, dark, ascetic,
But through the all-round and hushed silence,
Of the university-walls, lies and lives;
Our sweet-sour friendship past.
Her dazzling smile brought to my mind,
That shining, energetic vigour again,
In this hazy-foggy cold weather;
Where are still loved by hopes and fears.
Years played-studied together braving time and space,
Saw you spirited and true to words;
I have penned these lines together
Respecting and loving our friendly weather.
Proving, I still remember you and friendship;
Although the lanes we travel were separate,
But I can still feel the spirit of years gone.
Cleared the frost of life bravely and boldly;
Never feared the cut throat drought of world.
You will meet these lines a mark of
Waves lost in our past, happy and jovial.
I read the same glow and smile on the face
Of a friend remained long out of sight.
I wrote this poem to prove my respect
And promise to write, on you and our alliance,
My dear friend-our friendship is beyond time and space.
N.B.: Country Inn is a very famous five star hotel situated in Ghaziabad, U.P., India.
Basant Panchami is a very popular and auspicious festival of Hindus.