The lone kingfisher on a wet highway

A lone Kingfisher on a wet highway
He sits on the
Wire—
The lone but
Elegant,
Multi-hued,
Long-billed
Kingfisher,
On this early
Saturday
Wind-swept
Morning;
The only
Visitor from the
Heavens,
Perched dandily
On the power cable,
Overlooking the
Sparse traffic,
On the wet gleaming
Highway,
Scrubbed clean
By the first showers,
Of the breaking day;
The glorious
Kingfisher,
Neck bent right,
Looking at the
Gathering dark clouds,
Bringing in more rain
To parched Mumbai.
The White-breasted
Kingfisher,
Composed of
Electrifying blue,
Deep red,
Shining chestnut,
And vivid white,
A stunning combination
Against the
Half-blue
Half-grey
Vast sky,
Not noticed
By the
Passing motorists.

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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/

5 thoughts on “The lone kingfisher on a wet highway

  1. Lokesh Roy

    surely “electrical blue” most aptly describes the color of the bird as does many such expressions !

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  2. Lokesh Roy

    “electrifying blue” is indeed the dominant color of the bird captured most elegantly by the poet..such detais lend a new hue to the poem.

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  3. Louis Kasatkin

    A meticulously observed , deftly wrought snapshot displaying the poet’s mastery of nuance and technique. If poetry were cricket then this has been a cleanly struck shot down to the boundary ropes.

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