The rich souls
In tender forms
Brimming with
Silent love,
And gentle care;
Are that lonely
Slender tree blooming
In a vast plain
Providing cooling wind
And tiny but welcome shade
On a blazing afternoon;
They are an
Oasis in a scorching desert,
For the lost wayfarers
And exhausted caravans;
The daughters are
The Immortal
To their fathers
Coming with
Various shades of gray;
Are the unseen
Fragrant flowers,
Champa, Golden Champa
Or Magnolia
That bring alive
Dead hearts
And dead homes
With lingering scent!
Are most endangered species
In a feudal sub-continent
And elsewhere,
Treated as chattel,
Murdered in wombs,
Raped in homes or streets
By their own or the goons.
The innocents
Still considered as the
These hapless
Little Goddesses
Need to be fiercely
Protected and guarded
By all of us!
(On Daughters’ Day: A tribute)

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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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