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This poem is my first ever English poem as an amateur poet, written about 30 years back when I was a teen and studying in class 12th.

sands of time

Time leaves all behind,
Joy and sorrow of yesterday
Are the things to be forgotten
And never to mind!
Friends meet and separate,
If you don’t care you’ll be late.
Things are made to be destroyed
So, this life is to be enjoyed.
Yet this enjoyment should be restrained
Or else by time, you’ll be inflamed.
For if you couldn’t grip the sands of time
In your clenched fist,
You’ll move further
But life would be left behind.
So, don’t run after silk or cotton
But try to imprint your name on sands of time,
which would never be erased
But will be listed among the great!
So, to win over time, make your life sublime! 🙂


Inspired by H.W. Longfellow‘s “A Psalm of Life“! 

sands of time by Sangeeta Mishra

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  • Rifaq Shah


  • Greatly penned 🙂 this touched my heart ‘Things are made to be destroyed
    So, this life is to be enjoyed.’ And the entire poem is just amazing :):)

    • Thank you so much for appreciation. Means a lot. And thanks again for stopping by. 🙂

  • Ananya N

    U r so talented my sweet young friend…



    • Thank you so much Ananya. And thanks again on the behalf of Maitreni. 🙂

  • Wonderful lines.
    Feeling Inspired.

    • Thank you so much Swati. Glad that you liked them. Welcome to TSS. 🙂

  • Thank you so much. Anita. Glad that you liked it. Longfellow’s poems are great inspirations to many. Being inspired and doing justice is indeed a difficult task. 🙂

  • Thank you so much Anjali. Glad that you liked it. 🙂

  • Thank you so much Indrani 🙂 Means a lot.

  • Thank you so much. 🙂

  • Lovely poem Sangeeta ji.So true and meaningful.Hats off to you for such a lovely poem ji.So matured thoughts.

    Sriram & Krithiga

    • Thank you so much Sriram & Krithiga. It feels great being appreciated by you. Thanks for your valuable time & comments on TSS. Means a lot. 🙂

  • simply awesome… that too in class 12… hmmm 🙂

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  • 30 years ago? Oh my, you were so talented back then also (considering your maturity level) 👍

  • Lovely Poem.

  • findingnimi

    Beautiful and meaningful

  • The word “amateur” has nowadays become derogatory, but originally, it was meant to refer a person who loved what one was doing. It was derived from Latin word “amare” which means “to love.”

    The poem truly reflects the emotion of an ‘amateur’ poet in this respect. It’s originated from heart and bound to touch other hearts. Loved your insight, Sangeeta Ji. 🙂

    • And the much awaited comment from the most special TSS reader has finally arrived ! Loved your interpretation of the word ‘Amateur’ to the core. Can’t tell you how we missed your presence on our posts Ravish ! It’s my utmost pleasure that my work is being appreciated by you.

      Thank you so much. 🙂

  • Lovely poem from the past; the work itself imprinted on the sands of time 🙂

    • Thank you so much Teny. That’s indeed a special compliment. Means a lot. 🙂

  • kashpals

    Beautiful lines, Sangeeta… for a beginner. 🙂

  • very nice one….

  • Amit Agarwal

    Very nice, Sngeeta…for a beginner!

  • What a beautiful subject for your first poem. I remember my first one, it was about Dreams and I don’t think I have written too many after that :)..

    • Thank you so much Vinay. The work you are doing to inspire people is way beyond writing mere poetry. Kudos to your spirits. 🙂

  • Purba Chakraborty

    The profound truth of life! Such a wonderful poem 🙂
    Thanks for sharing, Ma’am. It was wonderful to see how creative you were when you were just in class 12.

    • Thank you so much Purba. Glad that you liked it. Though I found it quite an immature one still this poem is quite close to my heart being the first English poem of mine.

      • Purba Chakraborty

        For a beginner, it is an exceptionally well written poem <3
        And yes, I can understand the sentiments behind the poem. I have some poems which I wrote in class 5 and 6. Although they are mostly rhyming words, but they are so special to me 🙂

        • Thank you dear. And I’m sure those pretty rhymes would have been as cute as you. 🙂

  • Hey Maitreni. So nice of you to post this. Reminds me of the few poems that I had written during my college days 🙂 I have Picked up writing haikus (ok micro poems now) just a few months back after a very long gap.

    • Thank you so much Somali. Glad that you liked it. Well your Haikus are simply superb. I’ve to learn writing micro-poetry from you. Be ready to play the teacher. 🙂

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