by Dilip Mohapatra (November 2015)
Earth in my body
an inheritance and a legacy
is but a small scoop
from the lithosphere.
Sea in my blood
swells and subsides
in harmony with the tidal rhythm
sometimes to ebb and
sometimes to overwhelm.
Fire in my belly
fanned by the winds in my breath
my propulsive prime mover
smoulders and simmers
but leaps into occasional
flames towering into infernos
spewing hot molten lava.
The skies in my eyes
with endless and limitless
aspirations and hopes
urge me to reach the stars
light years away beyond the Milky Way
the cosmic chasms and black holes.
The vast expanse of space
the boundary less infinity
the limits of my finite skin
makes my soul expand
to fill up the vacuum
and swim to the surface
and spread out
as a glistening sun glides
on the eternally unending waves.
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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