On the Janta Curfew

This Sunday, March 22, across India

there is this self-imposed curfew by the

citizens ready to fight the COVID-19 virus

through volunteer isolation.

I hear, first time, the fluttering of the wings,

throaty sound of the pigeons, chirping of the

sparrows out there somewhere on the trees,


the hissing of the warm breeze

and the leaves, clearly, as there is no traffic

and toxic fumes;

a strange tranquility descends


stillness prevails;

can see the crows and pigeons,

first time,

search for crumbs

in big flocks

on the quiet streets of Mumbai suburbs.

The sweet sounds unheard for last many years

are back—kind of divine music lost

and temporarily recovered for few

fleeting hours!

It is as if nature and its feathery denizens

had reclaimed the urban jungle via their

felt presence!

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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: http://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html For more details, please visit the website: https://sunil-sharma.com/

15 thoughts on “On the Janta Curfew

  1. Abu Siddik

    Excellent panoramic portrayal sir.Kudos!

    Here is my take,

    ‘ For the first time my dry ears catch
    A dog’s long wailing on a deserted street, eyes dazzled with
    Fleeting birds’ s dives in sea blue sky
    A lone paddler’s hum on motorless lane,
    Buffaloes, bulls roam as kings, and
    Plagued field has a week’s unsullied growth.’

      1. Jagdish Singh Ramana

        Oblique expression on The Janta Curfew with beautiful imagery. Beautiful portrayal of the sceneries. And a Satire on human monopoly…
        The poem starts casually but strikes as it goes…

    1. Sunil Sharma Post author

      As usual, commentary by Louis tends to elevate an ordinary poet and poetry into a work of art! Love your style, dear poet, Louis. Thanks for casting your friendly gaze on this humble piece!

  2. Bijay Kant Dubey

    Janta Curfew is not the curfew time
    But a type of a lock down,
    A self-imposed exile
    Of staying indoors,
    Averting the contagious contact with
    As for the virus
    Not for the military marching
    The lonely streets
    And the police on patrol.


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