Solitude

The Mumbai evening lingers

like that latch-key kid
on the cold threshold

of the semi-shut door

of the neighbours

busy with their soap,

the tiny steps unsure,
eyes appealing gently

to the viewers;

while a raven unsettled

by the blast from a hurtling bus

settles down on the sill a few inches away,

scaring the solitary figure,

while darkness deepens around

and wind moans in the narrow corridor.

 

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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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