Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sunil Sharma Returns

Tonight I'd like to return to poetry with Dr. Sunil Sharma's contemplative poem about human experience.

Sublime changes and a sick bed
---Sunil Sharma


The dew drops
Sliding off the blades of grass.

Morning, early Delhi sun
Hiding behind a mass 
Of grey clouds


The baby beams
Light up a December sky
In vertical streaks of 

The windows, shut, not 
draped. The glass catches the
bright colours on 
The misted surfaces.

The catheter-attached body
Opens up

Instantly to the new sensation
Of light and scents wafting in.

Red eyes blink and slowly 
Focus on the splendour 

The sun is out there to meet and kiss
The frigid earth and take her in a warm hug.

The cyclical routine goes on:


Never seen earlier, now understood so well.

Dew drops, crystalline. Vapors stick to 
Grass that bends in the breeze,
Now rough, now playful.

Dew drops melt under the 
Soft light. Sun destroys the overnight gloom.

The claustrophobia of the cold night...over.
The terminally-ill patient feels
For the pain
Tests, visits
The battles of mind-body ahead
Amid rising hopes and despair
And daily prayers.



Sunil Sharma is a Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 19 published books: Six collections of poetry; two 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:

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Let's start with the Woody Shaw Quintet's "It All Comes Back to You":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDauSY77NB4

I'll also play his "Love Dance": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtzNEN0CFU8

I'll finish with the Paul Motian Trio's version of "Misterioso":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaY1GVeHqKw


1 comment:

  1. Dr. Shurma's poetrry always tugs at me . its beauty is priceless . it seems so effeortless to him . i congratulate you Doctor Shurma . thank you marienne for sharing this beautiful poem of beauty .