Cotton tree

It stands out
Amid other trees,
In this season of
Some flowering,
Some totally bare trees;
Attracting attention of an alert
Passerby, instantly
To that white tree;
The fluffy pods
Looking like puffed-up ice-balls
Stuck up delicately,
On the brown rugged branches,
Like tempting candy;
The bright flowers,
Creating a falling stream
Of pure, soothing snow,
On this hot day of
Early summer,
Near the hectic Mumbai.

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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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