A City Remembered by a Descendant

The long winds sweeping across the old Badaun,

In gentle yellow October,

I can still feel singing in my ears,

Their cold breath kisses my face and

Rubs my frigid heart,

The winds

Still playful and laughing,

Run their long fingers in my hairs,


Like a dead Mum calling

Her orphan child,

From across the divide of time and space.

The gray-white pigeons come circling

To finally settle on the gleaming spires and minarets,

Of tombs forgotten,

Still standing erect and tall

In the feeble sunlight,

The rays

Streaming down in rapid fall

Of golden dust

Scattering around,

That lends a magical touch

To the entire ancient city,

Where the past glorious

Intersect with mundane present,

A city,

Enshrined and etched

Permanently in my

Remembering, aching heart,

On lonely metropolitan nights

Spent caged, on the sixteenth- floor house,

Where you peer down but cannot see

Things crawling below—mere moving dots—

In the blurred lit spaces beneath.

The holy winds from Badaun,

My ancestral land, I feel within my parched soul,

And the scented air

Revives my thickening veins, dull pores and icy Arctic inside

A well-groomed body, i hear the banyan tree, once seen,

in my paternal grandfather’s outer compound, near the temple,

on the Patiala Sarai street, transports me back

to that home and community,

I hear the bells and evening chants

And a refreshed me—

Becomes a child again, in the presence

of the folks, now gone, yet


@Sunil Sharma

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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 website: https://sunil-sharma.com/

8 thoughts on “A City Remembered by a Descendant

  1. amitapaul

    This poem has such a deep aching nostalgia dripping out of every word and image of a time and a place loved passionately by the poet that it creates a sympathetic yearning for bygone days and lost home -places in the reader also

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