Soaring spirit

Soaring spirit
An armless kid
Playing soccer,
His tiny head,
His arms
That lift the
Ball and his
Indomitable spirit,
That finds little delights
In life’s ironies.
The conflict
Claimed his young arms
But simply
Failed to kill
His unconquerable spirit
That triumphs
Over the crippling disability—
A strong message
To the global merchants of death
That kill innocents
In Afghanistan,
These survivors
Of the killing fields,
Continue to smile,
Sweetly at the hate-filled
Programmed mercenaries.
(Inspired by a picture of Majid Saeedi, an award-winning Iranian photojournalist)

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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:

2 thoughts on “Soaring spirit

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Poignant and compassionate. The poem more than ably addresses one of the pressing universally relevant moral and ethical concerns; the stark truth of which is that were there no profit in weapons manufacture ,they would have to invest in other non-lethal products.


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