Sunday, May 8, 2016

Blessed--By Sunil Sharma--India


A shirtless man
Lying on a slim back
Face covered with a hanky
Fast asleep beside the pile
Of debris, a thin towel shielding
From the bare concrete.
Unmindful of the usual honking traffic
Loud barking and the incessant chatter
Of the co-workers digging deeper, the right side
Of the narrow street, suburban Mumbai.
It is 9 am only.
Rushed hour---not for him.
Commuters are in frenzy.
The sleeper---
Orbiting the realm of dreams.
The dispossessed guy, denied from the mainstream---
Subject of the pompous middle-class envy!

Sunil Sharma is a writer based in Mumbai, India. A college principal, he has published four books of poetry, two books of shorts and a novel in English, apart from co-editing six literary anthologies.  He edits Episteme:  


  1. Sunil, what a picturesque write! Oh to acquire the tranquility of the sleeping man midst the noise of his surroundings. That is rest at it's best. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  2. Thank you for the reminder, Sunil. Very nice, well-written poem that I enjoyed very much. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (