The bare tree

The bare tree
A crow sits
On a naked branch
Of a stunted tree
Bereft of leaves—
A striking oddity,
This tree,
In a monsoon- Mumbai
Of July-August,
A ripe time
Others are proudly
Wearing their fresh
Green apparels,
Stitched by the
Rejuvenating rains,
While this little one
Stands bare,
And stripped,
And mute,
In this season
Of the natural plenty,
Like a tramp,
Amid the
Gleaming high-rises,
On a Paris,
Mumbai street.

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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:

3 thoughts on “The bare tree

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Amid the seemingly casual ephemera of ” The bare tree ” narrative and its contrasting of the “others” in their “fresh green apparels” to the Crow’ being “bare..”,”like a tramp” we have markers of a narrative analogous with the astutest of contemporary social observation and analyses. Mute like a tramp also evokes the images of another tramp,”The Little Tramp” Charlie Chaplin in “Hard Times” ,threadbare and a seeming outcast amid the teeming metropolis.

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