Sunil Sharma

Shy visitor

He appeared suddenly,

Out of the blue,

Landing lightly at the

Open window-sill,

Crossing the huge grill,

Then, perching on the tracks

Of the sliding glass,

Looked inside the vacant hall,

By tilting his tiny head in the right side,

Eyes bright, sat he for a second,

Undecided still, when,

Startled by the arrival of the

Human figure,

The shy little bird,

A house sparrow,

Flew out of the same

Sun-lit passage into

A beckoning sky---

A very rare urban sight,

Hardly registered by anybody,

In the busy household.

And a city culture where

Birds, flowers and trees

Are liked only in the picture-books.


You are

The precious

First rains,

Long delayed,

That drench

The parched earth

And make its

Withered soul

Bloom again

By the tapering fingers

Made up of the

Glittering drops

Of ice-cold waters

From the smiling sky!

Mumbai-based, Sunil Sharma, a college principal, is also
widely-published Indian critic, poet, literary interviewer, editor,
translator, essayist and fiction writer*. *He has already published three
collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction, one novel and
co-edited six books so far*.* His six short stories and the novel Minotaur
were recently prescribed for the undergraduate classes under the
Post-colonial Studies, Clayton University, Georgia, USA. He is a recipient
of the UK-based Destiny Poets? inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012.
Recently his poems were published in the UN project: Happiness: The

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