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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