On the roof,
Of a suburban house,
A young housewife,
Leaning out,
Clasping the balustrade,
Staring at the traffic
On the serpentine highway,
With eyes vacant;
A white pigeon
Dives into an empty
The doors closed,
Of a top floor-flat,
Still locked in a building,
Few Km away,
The pigeon fluttering
In the damp air,
Of that enclosed little space;
In another room,
Another place,
An empty chair,
Reminds painfully,
The present viewer
Of its earlier
Now gone forever;
A hungry dog,
Chases a startled
Across the damp street
On this lazy
Saturday afternoon,
Etched out boldly,
Against a grey sky,
Threatening rain.

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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/

1 thought on “Ennui

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    The everyday world consists of isolated dots that poets join up and make patterns from.Sunil’s poem exemplifies the poet’s art,solving existential puzzles by helping the reader make sense of the incomplete and random phenomena that we often fail to notice.

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