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.



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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