Shy visitor

He appeared
Out of the blue,
Landing lightly at the
Open window-sill,
Crossing the huge grill,
Perching on the tracks
Of the sliding glass,
Looked inside the vacant hall,
By tiilting his tiny head
In the right side,
Eyes bright,
Sat he for a second,
Undecided still,
Startled by the arrival of the
Human figure,
The shy little bird,
A house sparrow,
Flew out of the same
Sun-lit passage into
A beckoning sky—
A very rare urban sight,
Hardly registered by anybody,
In the busy household.
And a city culture where
Birds, flowers and trees
Are liked
Only in picture-books.

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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:

4 thoughts on “Shy visitor

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Proust’s madelaine confection is here substituted by the sparrow.A poetic homage to a Remembrance of things past?Or as Douglas Adams put it,this contains life,the universe and everything.

  2. lokesh roy

    Yes, indeed the number of sparrows are sharply dwindling. I read in an article the other day that these creatures are quite sensitive to the high-frequency signals emitted by the
    cell-phone towers ! If this were to be true, then this poem definitely sends out a signal that is not at all shy, but pretty loud and clear !


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