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The Autumn of Life

With heightened urge to swim and splash
To the nearby river, with its twists and bends
In warm summer evening of Uttar Pradesh
A child sets out with a group of friends

The flowing water and its blissful rinse
The currents and waves and their silky flow
Climbing their shoulders and reaching their chins
The ecstasy causing the faces to glow

Oblivious of risks, bubbling with zeal
Knowing not a storm could mount a siege
The fury and rage could serenity steal
Ignorant that scenery could turn a page

You and I are riding the quick sand of time
The turbulent river of life is in spate
We know not that we could be victims prime
Oblivious of meeting a devastating fate

Is there a spring of autumn of life?
Where is the promised mercy’s floodgate?
Is our destiny anguish and strife?
O Saviour’s Benign Hands! How long to wait?


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  1. Date: 8/2/2011 9:53:00 PM
    I esp. love the 3rd Stanza.

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 9:51:00 PM
    Thank you for your kind comment, "The Autum of Life" is also very beautiful.

  1. Date: 4/3/2009 1:22:00 PM
    Very beautiful, Mohammed. I wrote one entitled 'The Autumn of my Life'. It is posted here on the soup. Actually, I won a Poetrysoup certificate for it , much to my surprise. Lainie

  1. Date: 9/21/2008 3:56:00 AM
    A very beautiful and thought provoking poem. Riding a quick sand of time... a slightly disturbing idea. But the first stanza brought back a wonderful summer I spent in UP long ago. Really enjoy reading your poetry. Keep writing...

  1. Date: 9/20/2008 6:37:00 AM
    Oh this is childhood memory brought to life crystal clear. "Oblivious of risks, bubbling with zeal" how perfectly written! With a powerful last verse. Amazing write! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 9/19/2008 2:46:00 PM
    hi Mohammad, this poem brings me back to childhood times, I remember them with a fondness, this is a great write, I could almost feel the silky water on my face, and feel the peacefulness, take care D-nyce

  1. Date: 9/18/2008 5:18:00 PM
    What a wonderful ending to this poem! Nice use of rhyme and imagery to forward your thoughts. Blessings to you for sharing your talent with us. Karen

  1. Date: 9/18/2008 5:12:00 PM
    I love it! This reminds me of the days of my youth when we would jump into the river and swim downstream. I like your use of the rhetorical questioning technique. This flows very well. Great job! ~Joseph

  1. Date: 9/18/2008 11:39:00 AM
    Wait for .... ? Live always NOW and know that this is our gift of wonderful life with all of its seasons and you have captured such great imagery and motion as the river flows. Awesome write here, Mohammad. Thanks for being at PoetrySoup.