in the sun-light


few yellow stains

—mere dots and tiny circles of daal-sabzi

on the glass-topped dining table

in the middle-class neighborhood

of Mumbai

provide tentative evidence:

either the young mother is not there

at home, this Sunday afternoon,


she is unwell.

The stains and finer dust

invisible to others of the

joint-family members!

@Sunil Sharma

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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/

10 thoughts on “Evidence

  1. Pushmaotee Subrun

    The stains and finer dust

    invisible to others of the

    joint-family members!

    This indifference of the joint family members depicts sadly the situation prevailing in a mother’s absence,…

  2. Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca

    A vivid picture of middle-class family life in India. Really enjoyed the setting and style of the poem.


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