Showers of gold

The clusters of the yellow flowers

Tucked on the Gulmohar trees

Now in full summer bloom, spreading an umbrella

Behind the shacks of sheets and cardboards

Along the serpentine highway in the

Suburban Mumbai;

The tall trees, slim and smiling

Rain down the tender showers of gold,

Thus turning the asbestos sheets of the

Illegal hovels into shining canvases of pure

Colours of dull brown, white and bright yellow

Branches green kissing the airless tiny boxes

Providing the forgotten citizens cool shade

And succor in the hot winds.


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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 “Showers of gold

    1. Sunil Sharma Post author

      Thanks Anna. They are red and pink here as well. But yellow on concrete highway and grey sheets of hovels creates another powerful visual of gold and golden dust, thus altering the urban ugliness of an Asian metro.


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