Departures are as valid
As the arrivals are,
Both interlinked
In a rich experience
That tells us a lot;
Arrivals are like—
Receiving the loved ones,
At a Swiss railway station,
Hopping down the carriage/s,
Hugging and kissing,
And smiling all the way
To an expectant mirthful home;
And departures are—
Waving them off at the same
Idyllic station,
Surrounded by high hills and brooding forests,
Looking hard and long at the
Railway lines running down
To a distant railway iron bridge,
Silhouetted as a hulking phantom
Over the glistening river,
Set on fire by an orange-sun;
The solitary station,
Dipped in fiery orange light,
Lost again to
A reverberating solitude,
Created by the last receding train,
And folks dear being
Transported to
Another far-off land
In that speeding train,
Your hand
Still upraised
In half- gesture of
Tearful farewell,
And frozen for eternity
In that
Sad, aching moment
Of loss.

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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:

3 thoughts on “Comings/Goings

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    ” The solitary lost again to a reverberating solitude ” captures the existentialist heart of this remarkable work. Railway stations are themselves almost THE perfect subject for poetry.The quintessential arriving and departing,the whole panoply of human emotion and interaction,social and personal all in one locale.

    1. Sunil Sharma

      Thanks, Louis, for your apt comment. You are very perceptive and capture the essence like the outstretched tiny hands catching raindrops—another of my poem. Thanks for pausing, reading closely and then writing—thus creating an intelligent meta-poetry.

  2. Louis Kasatkin

    EDITORIAL NOTE:- This is to acknowledge that ” Comings/Goings ” by Sunil was chosen as 1 of 4 poems to be part of the 4th. Phase of , “Featured Poets & Poems ” to be exhibited,for 4 weeks,commencing 23rd.April, 2012, in Poets@Corner @ Destiny Church,Wakefield.


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