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Time That Is Gone
written by: Sharmila Mitra
The music of the dance hall is no more.
All patrons have become too old to dance.
Our favourite taverns are old and sore;
The patterns on the floor are not just chance.
Old friends are no more singing in the rain;
The ups and downs of life have taken all
The dreaming, smiling fight against the pain--
Youth's sweetness changed to something like the gall!
The dust of past days forms a curtain strong,
To lift which we no longer find the time.
We drift about, wondering what is wrong;
No penny for our memories, no dime!
Even the ashes of the halcyon days
Are gone to rest where the dusk is ablaze!