The poor rose,
Blooming on thorns,
Exposed to sun,
Enveloped in tender
Pink/white petals,
A divine form,
King among flowers,
Pleasing everyone,
Humans, of course,
It does not know
It has a special
Internal fragrance,
That scents our insides
And irrigates our soul!
Good poetry,
Rose uplifts,
And adds beauty,
To dull
Sterile lives,
In urban ghettos,
And relieves,
Smiling on a sad corner,
The pain and desolation
Of the many
Miserable Auschwitz
Of the world brutal,
Then and now.

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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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