The ageless moon

The Ageless Moon
The moon
Reflected in the cold puddles,
Left by the retreating winter rain,
Seen by Li Bai, centuries before
In the Middle Kingdom,
Or,
Keats, wandering
In the industrialized England,
Searching love and understanding,
A futile quest for a poet,
In every age and nation;
The same moon,
Reminds the lonely traveller,
A sales man going to various towns,
And living alone, in hotel rooms or, upon his return,
In a stuffy shared room, sixth floor, dilapidated building,
In a dark and coughing, crowded Indian metro,
Of an ancestral home that is buried in memories
And very, very far
Away in a small Northern town, amid ruins,
But now—
No longer a home, to a man, searching home;
Moon, ageless and same,
Wandering every night,
Distant cities and nations,
Reminds
A young coy Indian bride,
Of her loving parental home,
Where they wait, two people,
The aging mother-father
For an only daughter who can not
Return so easily to a place,
Where her early youth
Is enshrined in every waiting room.

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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/

2 thoughts on “The ageless moon

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    A compelling and engaging narrative ,elegantly crafted , dealing with commendable alacrity of insight and evaluation those tropes of alienation,modernity,history and cultural heritage so familiar to readers of Sunil’s work.

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