Waiting Through the Night
by Bibhu Padhi (December 2016)
Now, almost morning. It is difficult
to know how to steer through
the day’s long cleverness.
A vague pain from last night
is everywhere even now--
over the earth, the sky, this body.
Even last evening’s whiskey
with friends, was too weak
to bring in sleep.
I asked my woman of Puri-on-Sea
to sit with me through the night,
listen to my invented tales.
Our intelligent, teenage son
will not listen to my
request for company.
Bibhu Padhi's eleventh book of poems, SEA DREAMS, is due out in in January-2017. He lives with his family in Bhubaneswar, India.
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