A Kind of Looking Back
by Bibhu Padhi (July 2015)
Small print: I think I know
you will betray me
again, and I’ll feel alone.
Daughter of now:
the wild hills of Dhenkanal,
have failed to comfort me.
Daughter: I’ve seen smiles
years of a quiet loss.
My gypsy heart
longs for a retreat.
Dhenkanal is a small hilly town in central Orissa, a state on the east coast of India.
Bibhu Padhi's tenth book of poems, Midnight Diary, has just been published. He lives with his family in Bhubaneswar, India.
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