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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



She lies on her single bed
with her legs crossed
with a vacant gaze sweeping
the ceiling and absentmindedly
strokes the back of the frog
that she had picked up
from her garden for company.

She forces her eyes shut
and starts weaving a tumescent dream
that she hauls up the mast
of a boat that would ferry her across
the long stretch of the night ahead
while listening to the choir of formless
shadows within and which refuse to
take any concrete shape
as she sails along.

She wakes up to the call of
the lone rooster on the fence
and hears someone making water
on the foliage across her window
drowning the clash of swords
and the sounds of receding hooves
and gets ready for the day.

She gets on her scooter
the strap of her red helmet undone
in her white blouse and red skirt
and takes position
in the cubicle of her call centre
with her headphone on
servicing the client queries with
her much practised accent
while wolves around snigger
and lustily look on.

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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