Irrelevant mother

Irrelevant mother
The blank gaze,
The weathered face,
Crisscrossed with the
Throbbing veins,
Wispy hair scattered
On a scalp visible,
The old woman,
Early mornings,
Sits in the little
Red-bricked courtyard,
Of a two-storied house
Still asleep;
The wiry woman,
Now bent,
With dried-up hands
Washes their clothes,
The heavy
Rains battering
Her frail frame;
She found sitting daily,
Near a washing machine,
Eyes blank,
Staring at nothing,
Fingers automatic,
White doors always ajar,
At this early hour,
Outside the threshold
That she cannot cross—
Lies stretched
An indolent
Watched idly by a
And a
Babbling idiot.

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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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