The Gentle Tread


A wind treads softly

On the golden carpet

Rolled out

Along the shoulders of the highway

Created deftly by the yellow leaves,

Exiting their old homes and leaving behind

The bare trees, near the gurgling river-side;

The way you walked into my home/heart once,

Decades ago, on a spring morn,

In a crowded suburb,

A demure figure still remembered,

Tender, calm, dreamy-eyed,

Treading softly,

Your silent presence being announced

By silver anklet-bells, very naughty,

And decorated in mustard, the dainty feet;

Your scented presence could be felt,

Like a fresh breath of cool air,

Circulating as a heady draught,

In a dark room

Shuttered for years!



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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:

1 thought on “The Gentle Tread

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    ” The Gentle Tread ” , is a fine exemplar of this author’s peerless craftsmanship . The poem evokes a warm and soothing,though never self-indulgent ,nostalgia. A fond remembrance of relationships past,that mercifully spares its readers from being subjected to melancholy.


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