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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



The Imperial Bower
that trumped all others
in course of time
loses its sheen
and gets morphed into
the Joker that doesn't jest
nor does it clown
but changes its colour
caste and creed
when your luck is down.

They don't belong to any suit
but yet appear
mostly in pairs in a deck
black and red
and are shuffled and dealt
as any other
though at times discarded
uncharitably as unwanted
and extras
only to be retrieved as a replacement
of a lost or damaged card
assuming their identity
but while on their fools' journey
they sometimes bask and come alive
when played as wild cards
or even as an excuse.

The synthetic smile
with the hidden smirk
remains the same
and while searching for
its identity
the joker stays unfazed
waiting for its turn
to change its colours
like a chameleon
but not as it pleases
but as you will it to
and in its powerlessness
it empowers you
and makes your hands
and makes you the winner.

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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