Yellowing pages

On those
Yellowing pages
Of the brown diary
Discovered in the
Dusty attic,
You come to
Hear the
Faint rustling
Of the faded
Preserved and pickled
In the sprawling
Lines composed
With a black pen
By a forgotten grandmother
Sometime in the
20th Century that is
Now somewhere buried,
Like the
Gentle fluttering
Of the cute
Yellow butterflies
Caught and kept
In a cruel jar
As the
Winged trophies
For others
To see.

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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:

3 thoughts on “Yellowing pages

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    ” Yellowing pages ” , is superbly crafted, with tightly interwoven strands revealing home,family and history in a manner and style hauntingly similar to that of a venerable Argentine Poet of renown , ( The name of whom the intrigued reader can hazard a guess at.)

  2. loesh roy

    If it is granny for Sunil Sharma , it is grandpa for me- I can only remember his fine handwriting for my relatives have swindled his dairy, but what they could not is perhaps his blessings for me . These poems do rekindle emotions.

  3. Louis Kasatkin

    Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets ( ICOP ) are pleased to announce that for July 2013 , the following works have been chosen in the categories of Poem of the Month and Highly Commended . *** Poem of the Month..Listen to the Whirlwind – Ogunjimi James Taiwo..***..In the Category of Highly Commended,(tabulated alphabetically)..** (The) Blind enlightened – Sridhar Karanam **…** Eye my soul – Reena Prasad **…** Jesus at the Well – Phil Martin **…** Sand bank – Madhumita Ghosh **…** They Name is Holy -Kiriti Sengupta **…** Tripping – Suzanne Parlee **…** When words fail you – Neha Verma **…** Wild Leaf – Tapeshwar Prasad **…** (A) Wilting Tree – Milon Moksedul **…** Window to my soul – Jan Phillips **…** (A) Woe-Man-1 – Diwakar Pokhriyal **…** Yellowing pages – Sunil Sharma **…

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