Morning Walk

She walks—
The little girl
Matted hair,
Patched frock,
Along with her
Doddering father
Sick, coughing,
On their daily morning raid—
In the garbage dump of the
Overeating city
Tilting towards obesity;
The two famished and stinking figures
Rummaging the mountains of garbage;
Floating phantoms in the
Dumping ground,
Flitting here and there
Shooing off the screeching hawks,
While a bus carries kids
To a school far-off;
Poor Reeta looks longingly,
She knows for her—
The schooling
Ends here
In the vast stinking dump.

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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:

2 thoughts on “Morning Walk

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Visceral and dispassionate ; this is docu-poetry. ( on a very peripheral editorial note,having clearly established Reeta’s location,I think that omitting the very last line would actually increase the poem’s impact .)

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