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.
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: http://www.episteme.net.in/