The Nepali earthquake: A prayer


A giant snoring in the womb of the earth

Woke up and hit with mighty vengeance

Roaring and erupting/rupturing the solid surface

With uncontrolled fury, hissing and pounding, tearing

Everything on his way up;

The 7.8 magnitude quake jolted violently

The tiny kingdom on last Saturday,

Killing thousands and maiming others,

Sending tremors as far off as New Delhi,

What a terrible morning for us!

With the infra flattened and folks buried

Under grey mountains of rubble,

A scary situation which can hit any place

Or time with immunity;

Slides, floods and quakes have been rattling

And devastating the battered planet,

Waking up the giant more frequently now

Always leaving a trail of bloody destruction

And tragic results, be it Haiti or India or Nepal;

Let us pray for the dead and show solidarity

In this hour of crisis to all the affected humanity by

Doing our humble bit!

Let us stop raiding the natural resources for greedy purposes

In the name of ill-planned urbanization and illogical progress;

Instead through concerted green efforts, try to make safe

Livable/habitable this old earth for the future.


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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 blog:

6 thoughts on “The Nepali earthquake: A prayer

  1. Sarala Ramkamal

    the more we live naturally the more easily the earth can breathe.. still we don’t learn from such experiences


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