by Dilip Mohapatra (September 2015)
You perhaps have grown tired of me
and do not respond to my anxious calls
nor to my frantic messages.
You look the other way when
we cross each other's tracks by default
hoping that I shall crumble
into a heap of ignoble dust
to be blown away to nothingness
or I would dissolve my heart bit by bit
in the salinity of my caustic tears.
But I assure you
I too would forget you and ignore you
fraction by fraction
and soon your name would be wiped
off my conscience like
the writings on the sands on the beach
licked clean by one sweep
of an indignant wave
and then I would spread my wings
once again to fly off to
another far off land and roost on
Dilip Mohapatra (b.1950), a decorated Navy Veteran started writing poems since the seventies. His poems have appeared in many literary journals of repute worldwide. Some of his poems are included in the World Poetry Yearbook, 2013 and 2014 Editions. He has three poetry collections to his credit, the latest titled Another Look recently published by Authorspress India. His fourth book P2P nee Points to Ponder is a departure from his poetic passion and is a collection of his musings on various themes which are meant to act as points in a mariner's compass helping the reader to navigate his life better in rough waters. He holds two masters degrees, in Physics and in Management Studies. He lives with his wife in Pune. His website may be accessed at dilipmohapatra.com.
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