February 1, 2017

Three Poems by Sunil Sharma: "Missing," "Haze," and Earthquake Different"

Mumbai-based, Sunil Sharma has published 14 books, some solo; some joint. He is a  recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award for 2012. His poems were published in the UN project: "Happiness: The Delight-Tree, An Anthology of International Poetry."


a grey trench overcoat
hangs from a crooked steel hook
on a steep wall
the yellow paint fading
in various spots.

the dust layers
coiled like a serpent
and glinting

the curious sun
peeping through
the glass of a window

while a rogue wind sings
in the alley/corridor
but un-heard in that room.


pull a grey curtain
over half of the landscape

another lit up by the sun
in retreat

green in bloom
trees wearing their best

sky leaking
the entire place
a riot of colours
merged and dim

Earthquake Different

After a quick demolition
by the municipal corporation
an old couple retrieve bits of
rusted shanty-home
and spend nights under the stars
occupying the space tiny
between demolished pavement and
a spared tree.

Their lives uprooted/destroyed
after this earthquake of different type!

Sunil Sharma

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