The black umbrella of clouds

The black umbrella of clouds
The black umbrella
Of the swollen clouds,
Unfurled over the
July city of Mumbai,
When the day ends abruptly,
The dusk tip-toes
Spreading its dark wings,
Before the night arrives quietly,
Like the constant waves of the
Tired commuters, faces blank,
Alighting from local trains,
Battered by the grey rains,
And bulging with
People that do not see,
Clutching briefcases
Standard brown or black
Or grey and folded
Chinese umbrellas,
Their only armour
Against a callous city,
Between the overcast sky,
And the soaked earth,
Among the trees shrouded
In a passing thin mist,
Driven by powerful
On the top branch of a
Palm tree unseen
In smog and cacophony,
Sits a pair of the
Two tiny birds,
As forlorn, and
As the falling shadows
Over a horn-blazing,
Loud and screaming
Unlit concrete,
Mega city.

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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:

2 thoughts on “The black umbrella of clouds

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Likening rain clouds to black umbrellas , is an ingenious metaphor that grabs the reader unawares. ” The black umbrella of clouds ” , is a well taken snap-shot of the contemporary urban milieu.


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