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

mellowing over

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.

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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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