Hearts for Sale

The girl-child stands motionless at the
tiny hands hold a pole with the red
that flutter in the damp

The young haggle for these
that invite the world to be their

Happy with the discounts, they go like
at the cost of that small vendor with
innocent eyes.

Then comes Mr. Goodman, your typical
You Tuber
And buys all the remaining hearts for more
praise and ads for his channel

child labour
civic apathy
broken dreams
early adulthood
of the vendor

all neatly packaged and sentimentalised
as a sob spectacle
for the voyeuristic eyes of a
media society of the dulled

Sunil Sharma is Toronto-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 23 published books: Seven collections of poetry; four 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 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. For more details, please visit here Read other articles by Sunil, or visit Sunil's website.