I was in a rush yesterday
Health insurance premium had to be paid,
Hunting for misplaced papers,
The cupboard I did raid
And out fell this album
To totally disrupt my day
Yesterday I put it away,
But I am going through it today
It is full of bittersweet memories
Of the time we fondly call childhood
How young we were then
So clueless about the guiles of adulthood!
We had slung our arms around each others’ shoulders
Squinting in the sun, grinning at each other
Best friends then, now occasional acquaintance
Our plans waylaid by life and none other
I smile as l look at this one taken long ago
My then best friend with my number one enemy!
In this picture I have such thick growth of hair
I wonder why I am losing it now so rapidly
This one is an absolute gem,
My favourite teacher and I, in the same frame
Oh! this is the farewell one
We all looked so naive as we set forth to attain fame
And this is of the memorable historical trip
I wonder where that naughty girl in the corner is
Now comes the picnic photo
I can’t recall the date and place this is!
But the revelry is still etched in my mind
And the fun fills my heart after all these years
As I shut the album with a smile on my face
Out slips a photo which I can’t recall I ever took
I sit down on the bed, memories going in rewind
I am not in this frame, why then do I have it with me?
I stare and stare, casting back my mind
Gosh! Did I have a crush then?
Did my heart somersault at his sight?
Was the feeling mutual or was it just silly old me?
Did I make a fool of myself, oh Christ!
Haven’t been in touch since we
left school for graduation
I do not know his whereabouts,
His profession or education
The whole day I have been puzzling
How come I have this picture?