Vibrant street

A vibrant street
A girl in a fresh
Yellow dress,
Smiles at her friends,
Still in old clothes,
Playing a prince/princess
On the moving street,
Along which stand
Their rude castles
Of corrugated sheets,
The happiest person,
This child,
On the care-worn earth.
Down the snaking road,
A few shacks away,
Same impoverished
A thin couple sits,
On two plastic chairs,
On the hard concrete,
The morning highway,
Their open drawing room,
The dark man and woman,
Smiling, pleased,
With this twin addition
To their basic needs
Fulfilled inside
A hovel hot and grim;
The two most satisfied
In a globalised culture,
Where close brothers compete;
The couple on the chairs,
Smiling and silent,
Being watched by the
Longing eyes of the neighbours,
So far denied these comforting seats.

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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:

5 thoughts on “Vibrant street

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    This poem comprises one of the twelve chosen for inclusion in ” PICK OF THE POEMS “,an Editorial selection of the best poems posted during the final quarterly Calendar period October 1 onwards here at Destiny Poets.Our Facebook carried the original announcement on Tuesday,11 December ,” PICK OF THE POEMS ” is an Editorial Selection of poems posted in each Quarterly period throughout the year at The selection is tabulated in alphabetical order and PART 4 are choices made from the final quarterly Calendar period October 1 onwards. This notification is also posted and can be viewed under HEAR HEAR at * Broken Doll – Iulia Gherghei..* Change the way – Gopal Lahiri..* Daydreams – Suzanne Parlee..* Does a pebble feel lonely ? – Sharton E. Walker..* For God so loved the World – Elizabeth Hexberg..* Irony – Sana Rose..* Joker’s suicide – Amol Redij..* My life so far – Ken Allan..* Out of these broken chords – Elizabeth Castillo..* Poetry Drinks de.- Dom Kafley..* Shine a little light – Jan C.Sorensen..* Vibrant Street – Sunil Sharma ..

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