Star-lit paths

Star-lit paths
Beautiful the familiar path—
Like this star-lit night
Stretched over the earth,
As a stiff bluish-white sheet,
A mellow light
Illuminating the rough fields,
The small temple on the bare brown hills,
The dark hovels and the glowing palaces,
On this bitter December night,
The feeble moon appearing,
Then hiding behind
The flabby clouds
Like a baby playing
With an indulgent mother,
Shedding its soothing light
A milky white,
Illuminating the
Uneven path of the
Solitary traveler
On quick feet,
Returning home
In a remote village,
In a sad hovel awaits
A pair of
Aged eyes
Fixed forever
On the meandering
Path that once
Took away a
Young person
To a distant land
Of hard labour
And loan sharks,
Eager eyes waiting
Before breathing
Final goodbye.

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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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