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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



I don't mind seeing the rainbow
in different shades of grey
one accentuating the other.

I don't mind seeing the sprawling
meadow shorn of its green
a grey carpet spread before me.

I don't mind seeing the sepia
in a rising sun and the sky a grey slate
with greyer clouds with silver linings.

I don't mind the grey butterflies
flying lustily around grey flowers
sucking the colourless yet sweet nectar.

But surely I mind when
the Brown beats the Black blue
or the White shuns the rest.

I surely mind when you say
hate is Black while White is purity
Red is passion and sad is Grey.

In the race of the races
no one ever wins for all are losers
all are victims of pigmentation.

Spirit has no colour and so does the soul
and you see the true colours beyond the skin
only when you're colourblind.

Dilip Mohapatra

Dilip Mohapatra

MAY 2017 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
Dilip Mohapatra, a decorated Navy Veteran started writing poems since the seventies. His poems have appeared in many literary journals of repute and anthologies in the English speaking world. Some of his poems appearedin the World Poetry Yearbook, 2013 and 2014 Editions. He has five poetry collections to his credit, ‘A Pinch of Sun & other poems’, ‘Different Shades’, 'Another Look', ‘Flow Infinite’ and 'Taming the Tides', all published by Authorspress India. His non-fiction book titled 'P2P nee Points to Ponder' is a departure from his poetic passion and is a collection of his musings on various managerial, social and life issues.
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