Let us put back
A smile today/morrow:
On the crying face
Of a matted hair street child,
Wandering in unlit alleys
With urban ghosts;
A gentle smile back on—
A cracked face of a man
Doddering in the smelly shelter,
Like a maple tree leaf
Soon to be detached;
Let us call a brave colleague
Recently downsized, downcast
Sitting alone, in the milling crowds,
On the corner seat, away from your
Triumphant gaze, co-travelling
In the local train, crushed like the
Coolie under heavy weight,
And poor guy,
Seeing with unseeing eyes
The rolling barren landscape
Of pencil-thin towers and crowded malls,
Where programmed and
Crazy middle-class shops;
Let us
Comfort an inconsolable
Young widow, three kids,
Of a decorated war veteran,
Who returned home
In a black body bag,
To a hero’s welcome
In a silent suburb,
And sobbing home;
Let us, above all, resolve:
We should not hurt anybody
With our WORDS
That cause injuries
More fatal
Than enemy guns!

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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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