An engima

Sometimes as cold
As the marble in the
Icy winter;
Sometimes as warm
As the mid-day desert
Wind, rising
And enveloping
Everybody in its tight hug;
Visible like a car/coffee ad,
Sometimes invisible,
Like the smile of a
Poor Asian widow,
Clad in white, and
Confined to the back
Of the dark house;
Laughing loud, like
Kids returning home,
After a long school day,
Sad, like a young engineer
Rejected in interview,
For the fifth time,
Despite a glittering M.Tech;
Very close, like the heart-beat,
Very far-off, like
A nearby brother/sister,
That never call,
Because I do not exist;
A newspaper puzzle,
An unread letter,
As the recipient had left,
A courier not delivered,
A delayed monsoon;
So many moods,
One silent rejection;
Still that open laughter,
And shining eyes;
The inviting look,
And the intervening distance,
Well, well,
An enigma—
You are.
My dear Valentine!

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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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