Shankha International
Shankha International in Bengali
Autumn-98 Issue

In The Water
Neil Sen-Gupta
(Grade 12)

Look closely into the limpid stream
And pinpoint your location in the sand of time.
It all seems like an extended dream -
This life is just another pantomime.

It's as though we are never fully awake,
But somnambulating through a complex conundrum..
Can everything we perceive truly be fake?
Perhaps you will find out with your wisdom.

Through your fingers the grains slowly slip,
You still contemplate - trying to attain the quest.
As you pontificate away, the grain begins to drip
Into your palm - all is now obvious: you have digressed.

The answer lies within the grasp of your hand,
At last you can fathom the Eternity -
Yes, my friend, the discovery truly is grand;
I understand why must feel so giddily.

Our lives are but fleeting moments which add
To the ripples of the continuum - nothing more.
Now that you know this, please don't be sad:
One day, we'll all finally hit the shore.

Wandering through uncertainty obscured,
All of us seem to blindly grope
For something to grasp in this region unexplored
But if we live life fully, there's always hope. 

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