An irregular piece
Of roughly-hewn stone,
Daubed in crimson- orange,
Flowers scattered nearby
And a burning incense
At its base,
Placed carefully by loving hands,
Under a thick banyan,
Standing firm,
Near the busy highway;
A humble tablet odd:
For the passing skeptics
In their fancy cars,
A great god,
A live image
Protects them all,
For the believing folks.

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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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