Dearness Quotient

You are, my dearest


As important to me


As a solitary wayside tree is—


For a thirsty-tired pedestrian


The slender outstretched arms


Providing soft green cover


To sweating him, on a May afternoon


In the polluted New Delhi humming with bulldozers


And cruel mercury


Touching a record-breaking


45 Degree Celsius!

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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:

6 thoughts on “Dearness Quotient

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    As ever, the reader will find this to be a satisfying poem,one of deceptive simplicity and seeming superficial levity. A poem hewn from the very granite of mordant wit and refined by the author’s inimitable acute, acerbic observation.


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