To a son abroad

To a son abroad
To another Columbus,
Who has left home
And gone abroad,
To re-script an old narrative
Of tired life, and higher aspirations;
In my aging heart
But young thoughts,
You are there, dear Sparsh—
The only constant,
In a changing world,
You stay on like the
Fragrance of the
First Sparsh (Touch)
When I took you in my arms,
In the dim hospital ward,
After your cheerful arrival,
In a worn-out world,
And you had smiled at a
Loner, a loser, at that tender moment,
Much maligned that time,
And, still maligned by others,
Your struggling father,
Who is still battling the odds,
Of the beleaguered middle class,
As we all do, and become better or worse,
Depending on our destiny,
Revealed through circumstance,
Hostile or friendly,
But the moments spent with you,
Dear Sparsh,
Your lovely, manly company,
Your sweet smile,
And His Presence,
—Again I sound typical middle class but I do not care a bit
About such frivolous criticism–
Revive me daily in my wars.
Go, go ahead,
My son,
Conquer new
Territories of the
Where all the
Are daily staged
And finally,
Won by the determined.
May God bless you and all.
(Inspired by your FB profile picture)

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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:

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