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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



Shadows escape
through the barbed wires
that demarcate
the discontinuities
and dance over
the miasmatic morass
while an old haggard frog
on a rotten log
suppresses a sneeze.

Some slippery souls
slither in
stealthily and seek
and some are taken
by their
phantom reflections.

No fetters
no manacles
no cages
no walls
yet you lose
your name
your address
and display
not even a number
tattooed in red
on your black and white
striped hide.

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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