The Dive

The Dive
The crisp
Morning air
That throbs
Like an overhead
Telephone wire
And covers
Hills and valleys,
Dives neatly
In it—
The tiny
Oriental Magpie Robin,
Hardly 19 centimeters long,
Its song echoing across the silent
And conveyed beyond
On the wings of the playful winds
Of the hill resort,
And the dulcet notes
Heard raptly by a wandering minstrel
In search of a solitude,
Inner and outer,
Immediately stops
In the hilly treks,
Running between
Whispering trees tall,
And smiles at it and says
To the diver from heavens:
Bird beautiful
With a mesmerizing song,
You are so light,
Yet so mighty,
Diving effortlessly
In the air,
Moving up and down,
Like an accomplished acrobat.
The upperparts black
With a streak,
And under- parts
Tail upright,
Your strutting gait,
A perfect
Few can create
A lovely

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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:

4 thoughts on “The Dive

    1. Sunil Sharma

      This time, the nano-response was a bit surprising from an erudite Louis whose meta-criticism on posted poems I enjoy most—in fact, they are better than my original posts— but it was equally, well, an enlightening one, coming from an evolved mind. Thanks.

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