Daughters

The rich souls
Encased
In tender forms
Brimming with
Silent love,
And gentle care;
Daughters
Are that lonely
Slender tree blooming
In a vast plain
Providing cooling wind
And tiny but welcome shade
On a blazing afternoon;
They are an
Oasis in a scorching desert,
For the lost wayfarers
And exhausted caravans;
The daughters are
The Immortal
Ophelia,
Miranda,
Portia
And
Cordelia
To their fathers
Coming with
Various shades of gray;
Daughters
Are the unseen
Fragrant flowers,
Champa, Golden Champa
Or Magnolia
That bring alive
Dead hearts
And dead homes
With lingering scent!
Daughters
Sadly
Are most endangered species
In a feudal sub-continent
And elsewhere,
Treated as chattel,
Murdered in wombs,
Raped in homes or streets
By their own or the goons.
The innocents
Still considered as the
Devi-incarnates,
These hapless
Little Goddesses
Need to be fiercely
Protected and guarded
By all of us!
(On Daughters’ Day: A tribute)

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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: http://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html For more details, please visit the blog: http://www.drsunilsharma.blogspot.in/

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