In the shadow of God

In the shadow of God
Facing the marble temple,
Along the pot-holed highway,
Under the arch of the
Yellow welcome gates,
Separating one dismal town
From another,
Live the old couple,
In the flower bed,
Woman blind in one eye,
Man doddering,
Eyes vacant,
The dispossessed,
Every morning,
Getting their breakfast,
From the Prasad,
Offered by hurrying devotees,
They, part of the milling
Homeless brigade of the
Beggars crowding around,
The big, ornate temple gates,
Being fed by the rich daily,
It is His way of feeding them,
The wretched shunned by all,
The Discarded Ones of the
Urban India,
Those impoverished folks,
Stinking, shabby, despised
And feared,
These ejected souls
Daily live in the shadow
Of a kind, merciful God.

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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:

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