Dearness Quotient

You are,
My dearest,
As important
To me,
As a solitary,
Wayside tree is—
For a thirsty-tired
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
A record-breaking
Degrees 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:

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