Thousands of bright spots

Thousands of bright spots
The Sodium Vapour street- light,
At the corner spot,
Shimmering over the water-pool,
Breaking into thousands of illuminated dots,
Creating a visual pattern unique;
And enticing a street kid,
Tired and grim,
Her attention caught,
By the floating bright spots,
All moving, shining like beckoning stars,
Imprisoned in that dirty rain- pool,
Nestling near the edge of
The broken street,
In a pot-hole wide,
On this dark October night,
On a deserted mid-night street,
With shuttered-down shops,
No decent human in sight,
Only denizens—
Weeping stray dogs,
Few addicts, immobile,
And a howling wind for
Her sole company,
The home is there—
On the cold marble threshold,
Outside the closed shop,
Where, unknown to the child,
Hover unseen,
Dripping fangs and cruel talons,
Other urban vampires.

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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:

4 thoughts on “Thousands of bright spots

  1. Sunil Sharma

    Thanks a lot Louis—for constant support, and, this time, giving away the highest grade. Coming from accomplished poet like you, it means a mini-Booker for a struggling, obscure writer like me.


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