Young motherhood

Young motherhood
In the sudden showers
That hit and hurt
With the ferocity
Of the recession,
A young thin girl,
Of hardly nine
Carries her
Brother of seven
On her right hip,
So that his feet
Do not get dirty,
On the muddy Indian street;
It is common sight here—
A young motherhood
A burden heavy,
Borne willingly
By her
To make the
Little boy
Feel special,
Like China’s
Little Emperors.

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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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