Two men

Two men
They sit on the
Their nightly bed,
Outside the shuttered shop,
While the world sleeps
In king-size beds in secure homes;
They talk and recall
A village left far behind,
Of modest homes not visited
For years together
Where half-families live a cursed life,
Of Maa and Paa dying out slowly
To pain and disease,
The roofs falling down slowly,
In every monsoon,
In that phantom village in the North;
Their remittances low and useless
To meet the ballooning bills there;
They work day-n-night,
Saving few rupees every toiling month,
To be eventually sent to the hungry village;
The two men,
Once young and handsome humans,
Now graying fast,
Skeletal figures,
Hovering above the abyss,
Of hope and despair,
In a glittering Mumbai,
Where workers like them
The ghosts that walk
The streets after the dark.

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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:

2 thoughts on “Two men

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Sunil’s “Two men” , provides the general reader unacquainted with the particular conditions of existence of those such as the “two men”,with a dispassionate,I would say almost journalistic insight into such conditions.In works such as this,it becomes clear as to what poetry is for.

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