sunil sharma

Searching home,

Away from home,

He wanders—

Odysseus-like, in the

Alien lands,

Weathers unseen earlier,

Helping hands,

Smiling faces,

Each mirroring a rich nation,

Languages different,

Gestures common,

Each journeying

In the Odyssey,

Bound by goals,

Middle-class and global;

Cooped up in a small

Sublet, doors shut,

Cooking, ironing, studying,

Talking on Skype,

Remembering Mumbai coastline

Drenched in the fierce sun or the torrential rains,

^^^^^^^

Now—

Dreaming of the golden Florida shoreline

That quietly beckons,

The young lonely student,

—A teetotaler and vegetarian, a stranger in his own land for this habit among the Indian male hedonists, defined purely by daily intake of the meat and foreign liquor—

Away from the hustle- bustle of an Asian mega-city,

Secluded like a monk,

Doing individual lessons and Internet,

An international learner,

Searching love and home,

After every three months,

In grey Aarhus, covered

In rains/snow,

Moving about like a poor tramp,

Powered by a soaring young spirit,

And youthful determination,

In the university European town,

Where identical aspirations,

Come to

Complete disparate fellowships,

Of mutual support and understanding;

^^^^

In Aarhus, my dear,

A welcome occasional invitation,

For coffee in a restaurant

With two loving friends,

—Three is a crowd everywhere—

From varied geo- locations,

Sounds so good, real and fulfilling,

 A rich soul-curry,

Served with care,

Or,

A relaxed nightly chat with nuclear family,

In a receding far-off home

Now, it seems

Lost forever!

 

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3 responses »

  1. indrani9 says:

    I like the nostalgia you have invoked, brought back many memories…

  2. Beyniaz says:

    Nice poem. Aarhus was verdant green when I visited it in summer many years ago. 🙂

  3. Nuggehalli Pankaja says:

    Has brought out homesickness well

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