Citizens and the winter rains

Tender and shimmering,
The winter morning rains,
In Delhi,
Against a baby sun,
Smiling pale-faced,
In the grey sky,
Buffeted by the
Cold winds,
Rains, heavy
Rays, weak,
Blended well,
An impressionistic painting,
Made by divine hands,
And beating down,
Upon the homeless,
Couple cowering,
Under the green plastic
Sheet held up,
By a pair of the
Gnarled hands,
On the manicured
Lawns of the imposing
India Gate;
Fancy cars
Glide by,
Oblivious to the
Presence of
Two doddering citizens
Of the Republic,
Huddled together,
In the gathering,
Slow mist.

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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: For more details, please visit the website:

2 thoughts on “Citizens and the winter rains

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    By its style and presentation,foregrounding of its subject matter etcetera,this poem brings to mind other forms of narrative that years ago, such as “Movietone newsreels” shown to cinema audiences would relay footage of some great event or other.The thing about all the newsreels,was how they invariably captured the presence of peripheral faces in the crowd to one side or behind whoever or whatever was supposedly the reportage’s subject. Unlike those newsreels,this poem concentrates on the ignored.


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