Back to Nature

A poem
by Sunil Sharma
The tree man
Summer or winter,
Shower or sunshine,
Tree man was always there
Where he originally belonged—
Under the humble tree
That stood near the
Open drain and garbage
On an undulating ground.
A stout old rustic in white,
Sitting under its shade,
Sleeping there on hot afternoons.
Evenings, going back to a suburban Mumbai home.
Stay inside, said the son,
I cannot.
It is an airless prison,
Replied the tree man.
Mumbai-based, Sunil Sharma has got three collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction, one novel and co-edited five books of poetry, short fiction and literary criticism.
Recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award—2012. His select poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree-2015. He edits English section of the monthly Setu, a bilingual journal from Pittsburgh, USA:

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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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