October 7,
1.30 PM,
Birds still flying
In the grey sky,
Humid air,
Pale sun,
Hills in haze,
Insects hovering,
The Sunday afternoon,
Arrives panting, doddering,
Like a forgotten old woman
Coughing constantly,
Out of breath,
This pathetic figure,
To her son’s third-room
Balcony, full of potted plants,
For the rest of
The lazy day.

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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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