The COVID-19 Sky

The birds on the top branches

of the slender trees that sway

drunkenly in the fresh breeze,

the pigeons circle in the blue expanse

the dusky clouds spread out fast, with a promise of

the delayed Mumbai-rain, this humid


the winged beings and nature in kinetic mode

out there, up, in happy flocks

being watched enviously by the

solitary man from behind the


of a locked-down home

in a fearful city gone static

and quiet!

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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 COVID-19 Sky

  1. VijayNair

    Excellent! The irony of it all ! The stark contrast between the free and happy birds and the man behind” the grilled windows,” is skilfully delineated.

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