Do I wake or sleep?

Was it a vision, or a waking dream?

                Fled is that music:—Do I wake or sleep?

That is a question posed by Keats

In his inimitable Ode to a Nightingale.

Between a vision and a waking dream,

Lies a sphere unique processed by the brain;

An enchanting area full of melodies,

Some heard; some, un-heard.

The sole self roams these territories

Bound by time-space, yet un-bound.

Between waking up and dream,

The elusive state of being

Asleep and awake,

The intermediate zone/place

Between physical and meta-physical,

Real and fancy,

Determined and non-determined,

By heavy material constraints,

The creative mind navigates the

Labyrinth of the Unseen

And finally discovers the poetic

In the everyday, the Seen.




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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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