Urban sport

A puppy

Yelping in pain

On a side street,

In an urban center,

Like a prisoner

Being tortured

In Guatemala


Other Gulags

And prison camps

Of the cruel world,

The gentle puppy

With bewildered

Little eyes,

Crying in pain,

Much like these

Victims of state repression,

A pure delight

For the thugs

In school uniforms,

Kicking the

Harmless animal

In guts,

In Dresden




An old man,

A homeless beggar

In tatters,


Let him go,

This creature of God,

And they kick the

Old beggar too.

Where did you get this violence?

Asked the bleeding homeless

Shielding the pup,

And being hit

In his ribs,

From our video games,






Said the


School thugs.



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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: http://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html For more details, please visit the website: https://sunil-sharma.com/

4 thoughts on “Urban sport

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    “Urban Sport” offers a pertinent commentary,as if through a 24/7 news channel camera lens ,on the ,dare one say it,peripheral,unremarkable,casual ,asocial violence that Society by default, has chosen to accept. I believe Edmind Burke’s oft quoted aphorism about evil triumphing is well known enough. Good,hard-edged poetry!

    1. Sunil Sharma

      Thanks Louis. In a way, it is a resistance narrative that, by focussing on these random acts and raising consciousness through its poetic portrayal, condemns a predatory culture that treats everybody sans power and wealth as inferior and worthless. It challenges acts of violence like these and undermines its fascist philosophy.

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