The Sun

The Phoebes
They called you,
Others as the Surya,
An epitome of energy
And light,
As long as you were
Seen as a deity
And worshipped as the
Holy dispenser of light,
The earth flourished;
In post-modern world,
Stripped of halo
And conceived as a
Body of helium gas,
Profit-driven world
Ceased caring,
Resulting in climate change
And an ozone layer
That will destroy the blue planet
By extra radiation.
The beauty of the Apollo,
Of the Surya riding in
His brilliant chariot
Driven by seven horses,
The powerful one,
Who ripened the crops and
Controlled the cycles
Of the day-night,
Seasons and health,
We, the poets,
Along with earlier seers,
Salute your divine powers
And invoke your blessings
For this degraded planet.

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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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