After the cruel, abrupt downsizing

The man leaves the office, forever

Face downcast, a bag in hand and

Few memories in a grieving heart.

The boulevard does not look like

The one experienced in the morning

Of the wintry New Delhi—crisp and smiling

And the crowded paths, pavements, similar, yet different!

Daily, years together, the man, now in 50s, walked the

Lanes and by-lanes of the Connaught Place

Afternoons, post-lunch, in the company of

Colleagues and friends from the nearby offices for Chai.

All that is past, within 24 hours! He stands at the same spot, near the

Tea vendor; being ignored by the same set; except the stray dog that wags its tail and

Yelps—in pure, friendly delight—at the forlorn man that daily

Fed the emaciated, spurned dog—bread with loving hands!

@Sunil Sharma

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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:

10 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    A finely rendered critique of contemporary society.With inimitable ,incisive compassion the author lays bare to the reader’s gaze the vicissitudes that have to be experienced by the many in order to gratify the greed of the few.

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