• Niteen Hatle

My First Love



The first day in the hall was interesting.

Boys and girls together

and my heart pounding.

In the hall, I sat on the sixth bench,

But thought as if

I was in the deepest trench.

Up to the halftime

I was writing my paper,

That was the first time

I looked back at her.


All my exam papers were easy and fine.

She sat in a class adjacent to mine.


My bench was near a window.

Outside there wasn’t a single shadow.

Every time I looked out,

I got a glimpse at her.

That made me write fast,

my exam paper.

First it was English,

then Physics and Chemistry.

These are the subjects that made history.


All my exam papers were easy and fine.

She sat in a class adjacent to mine.


We had Biology and French

on the fourth day.

I went and sat on my bench

happy and gay.

The Biology paper was quite easy,

But it kept me very busy.


During the next paper

I tried to look at her from my bench.

But alas!

She had taken Marathi and I, French.

At that time, how sad I was

it cannot be expressed.

Swear to God, during French paper

I felt very depressed.


All my exam papers (except French)

were easy and fine.

She was (not) sitting in that class

adjacent to mine.




** My first poem. Written during my SSC board exams.

*** To find out how it ended get my book of poems "THIS IS HOW I FEEL"

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