A tiny insect
Hovers tentatively
Over the bright green
Foliage and
Scarlet/orange-red flowers
Of the two Gulmohars,
This humid morning,
Creating a vivid canvas live;
The Flamboyant tree imported
From the great and varied Madagascar,
Well-adapted and in bloom,
Despite smog and hot weather,
Multi-hued, slender, full of shade:
A visual delight in Mumbai and elsewhere,
Brightening up the dull noisy streets,
The insect buzzing around and
Searching for that elusive nectar—
Sorely missing in urban life.

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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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