The lingering
Scent in the
Modest white top
And pleated black skirt
That ballooned out,
When you
Walked in the wind,
The simple pair,
Last worn
By you
When here,
With me,
In these closed
Curtained rooms;
The same wear,
Mere cloth,
Hanging in the cupboard,
Like a winter coat and dark pant
In the hot summer,
In the humid air
Of a whirring fan,
Reminding painfully,
Of your
Soothing laughter,
On hot days,
Of your
Fragrant presence,
Through a marked
An active mind
From the daily clutter
Of cyberspace
And overstuffed rooms
Facing the damp sea,
The loud crystal laughter
That followed you
No longer heard,
In these lonely rooms.

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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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