Tree as an umbrella

Tree as an umbrella
When the morning rain
Caught up
With them finally—
The bare-headed bikers,
In leather jackets,
Riding sleek bikes,
On the uneven basalt,
They stopped suddenly,
The wet two,
Under the tall tree,
Standing solitary
Along the street;
The two bikers,
Who hardly noticed it,
Earlier,
Now—
Using it as a defense,
The spreading tree,
With green leaves,
As an umbrella,
Unfurled in the sky,
Stretched out taut,
Saving them,
The fat bikers and,
Their branded clothes,
Shoes,
Spectacles,
Cell phones,
Against the
Battering
Mumbai rain;
Sharing the close
Natural space
With a thin maid,
Coughing and shivering,
Wearing plastic bag,
On her curly dark head,
Praying and
Waiting rain to
Subside—
So that she can
Go to work.

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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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