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Afternoon Raaga by Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma, Ph.D (English), is a senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, nine joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is, among others, 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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Afternoon Raaga

Happy notes

of the birds

a quick succession of the

high-n-low pitch and sound,

a sweet pattern


the vocals disperse

softly and carried forward

on the wings of the wind

across the streets and

vacant lots,

the natural symphony—

heard inside

the 10th-floor cage, this humid

Mumbai afternoon;

the bored inmate

first time

gets arrested by the melody

of the birds, floating in

the expanse, unframed

the fusion of kinesis and infinity

in the ragas,

the tempting—outside.


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