Terrace dancers

Terrace dancers
On the terrace of a mid-rise,
Suburban Mumbai,
In a maze of adjoining
Buildings’ square roofs
Side by side,
Under the gathering gloom
Darkening a monsoon sky,
Two thin teens practice dance steps,
Untutored and
Sans any DJ or choir,
Happy feet pattering constant,
On the hard tiles;
The duo absorbed,
Breaking into little irregular steps,
Watched by two curious crows
and a raucous raven,
Perched on the vibrating wire,
Legs twisting,
Bodies breaking into various
Forms of expression
Of hip hop,
The two following the music
Issuing from their
Young aching hearts,
Co-ordinating steps,
As self-taught dancers,
On a bare silent roof,
And finding delight
In dance,
And defeating
Life’s heavy odds.

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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: http://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html For more details, please visit the website: https://sunil-sharma.com/

2 thoughts on “Terrace dancers

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    ” Terrace dancers ” evokes the jejeune expressions of exuberance and unblemished naiviety rather well. Although the reader might regard the presence of crows and a raven as inopportune auguries rather than casual observers.

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