gulab khandelwal selected poems

Don’t grieve
That we roamed amongst the stars once,
That we spoke from the hill-tops once,
That we played with the waves once,
That we once liked to decorate ourselves with flowers.

Why wail!
If that time is no more!
What, if we are now in a serpent’s coil!
What, if we are now standing on the road-side
Like a dried-up tree!
What, if the flowery adorations have fallen down
From our body!
Why wail,
If that time is no more!

All’s well that happens,
Past days never return.
Some sink while some float,
Some rise while some fall,
Still the world goes on as ever.
All’s well that happens.