The July evening sad

The July evening sad
As an alley cat silent,
The July evening sad,
Descends on the city,
With the heavy steps,
Of a young widow,
Who makes no sound,
While
Alighting the spiral
Staircase of wide stones,
In the courtyard
Of a white-painted
Haveli grand,
In the middle of a
Burning desert,
In
Remote Rajasthan,
Her doe-eyes blank,
Fair oval face,
Completely drained,
The middle- hair- parting,
Without any crimson sindoor,
A figure in white,
Indolent,
Moving in/out,
Of the large bare rooms,
Of the big village home,
As stealthily as
The floating memories,
That haunt
A helpless
Discarded
Wheezy
Old man,
Dying slowly,
Of neglect and
Social amnesia,
In a forgotten
Mumbai home.

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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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