I miss you a lot,
And feel the
Aching absence
In my battered heart
The way you hear
A tabloid
Left casually by its earlier
Careless reader,
Its top pages fluttering
White noise in the air
Of a creaking fan
In an empty room
Stacked with
Circulating memories
Of encounters
Past and recent,
Leaving no trailing fragrance,
And thus,
Waking up an old man
In a small stuffy room,
Still grieving
On a hot
Summer afternoon
In a yawning house,
In a desolate town
Left by its young,
Remembering a face
That he
Forgets not,
Despite its fading away
The way a retreating ship does
From the yearning view
And a gnarled hand
Frozen in a ta-ta mode,
On an empty beach,
Being hit by the
Relentless rains
A ferocious
Dark July,
The bloated
Flatulent sea
Lashing the bobbing ship
With its upraised
Watery fists,
Turning the whole ship
And the scene dim,
So fragile,
Yet unforgettable.

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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/

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