Sunil Sharma







Urban wanderer: Five observations




The lone Kingfisher

Perched on the branch

Of the Gulmohar tree

Near the meandering river

Flies away, startled by the

Blaring music of a passing vehicle;

Its urban counterpart on the

Humming power-line

Hardly bothered by the

Cacophony of horns in the

Choked mega-polis!



A pink flower dancing in the wilderness

That stretches between one suburb

And another, outside Mumbai sprawl,

Catches the attention of the kid sitting on

The backseat of the Land Rover and she waves at

The delicate flower blooming beside the tarred road

Leading to a pricey resort five miles ahead;

It, the tiny flower, not being visible to the

Rest of the chattering fat family

And the young cow-herd sitting

On the grassy knoll nearby!



In the wide-bosomed brown river

The village lads dive and take bath,

Stripped down to their shorts

On this hot-humid day of the October;

Their peers from the town busy taking a

A self-conscious selfie

Against the bridge, to be posted on the Facebook


The noisy bunch with i-Phones,

Deaf-blind to the murmuring

Ancient river!



The bare stump of a tree chopped down cruelly

By the residents of a costly Mumbai- neighborhood

Glistens in the harsh sun of the yellow-faced October,

Un-mourned and invisible, like the homeless, old

Mother coiled-up, on the broken pavement,

Outside the civil hospital!



An orphan kitten wanders off

Apartment to apartment,

Floor wise, tentative and scared,

Searching futilely for love;

A latch-key kid eagerly waits

Leaning out on the sill,

Hugged by warm shadows

Of a dark home,

On this dragging Saturday evening,

For her tired, single

Working mother!












Mumbai-based, Sunil Sharma, a college principal, is also widely-published Indian critic, poet, literary interviewer, editor, translator, essayist and fiction writerHe has already published three collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction, one novel and co-edited five books so far. His six short stories and the novel Minotaur were recently prescribed for the undergraduate classes under the Post-colonial Studies, Clayton University, Georgia, USA. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award—2012.

He edits online journal Episteme:

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