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Sixteen Going on Seventeen
by Anaya S. Guha

Sixteen on to seventeen
Sound of Music
Still humming
College enters
School’s corridors disappear
Suddenly
College canteen is not whitewashed
Nor is the college
Hounded by the Alsatian dog
College is exciting
Chimera even the ragging
By seniors
Sixteen completed
I was enriched by insouciance
Defiance
But Sound of Music
Was still ringing
An echo which still continues
Me at seventeen
Broke new ground in
Bunking classes
Me at seventeen
Did the tango.

IMAGE: “Tango” by Frantisek Kupka (1909).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ananya S. Guha lives in Shillong in North East India. He has been writing and publishing poetry in English for 31 years.