by Dilip Mohapatra (September 2014)
Short somnolent night
hangs precariously by a fragile thread
that may snap any time
and be blown away by a diffident Loo
or be swept away by the torrential breaths through the ravines and slopes riding the ripples of sweat and sighs towards the eventual estuary where the saline tongue of the sea will lap it up and suck it to oblivion.
This night tasting an indifferent summer will be lost in the Milky Way leading to an infinite galaxy of stars and evaporate under the eye lashes of a sweltering dawn while the panting of tired torsos slowly will attenuate to a decadent rhythm the silver oak trees will stand still their outlines becoming sharper and sharper.
and a rooster will crow and give the wake up call.
Dilip Mohapatra, a Navy Veteran started writing poems in the seventies and his recent poems have appeared in various literary journals like Muse India, Helix Magazine, Chiaroscuro Magazine, BlazeVOX, etc. His poems have also found place in the World Poetry Yearbook 2013. His latest collection of poems titled A Pinch of Sun & other poems published by Authorspress India, is currently on stands. He did his Masters in Physics at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. Post Navy, he held senior leadership positions with the Tata and Suzlon groups of companies. Currently he is the Chief Mentor and Strategic Advisor to KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. He lives with his wife in Pune.
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