Is This the Last Day of Autumn in Dhenkanal?

by Bibhu Padhi (March 2014)

Someone whispers, winter

is already here.


From the south-facing hills,

a thin sheet of chill is stealing in

through the ill-fitting doors, but


it is really ending-autumn

and kisses float in the air,

like free pollens.


Lips of anthers open out of

vast fields of golden mustard–


sparkles of pure magic.


There is only a lone pair of

brown lips I know that sticks to me.


The lips wait for what they

so desperately need,

turn into gold,


while others move away

towards blank, senseless spaces


where nothing can grow except

tiger grass and weeds.


I’m sure, somewhere, someone

in spotless, shining gold


waits for these brown autumn lips

as kisses do in the open air


for their deep, growing needs.




Bibhu Padhi's seventh book of poetry, MIGRATORY DAYS A TRAVEL DIARY IN VERSE, was published in 2011. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, the most recent being THE HARPERCOLLINS BOOK OF ENGLISH POETRY (2012). He lives in Bhubaneswar, India.


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