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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



Smeared with the amniotic fluid
we are handed over
from one mother to another
and emerge
from one cave to another
and as the umbilical cord is severed
many other cords
sprout from the walls
of our new abode
and coil around us
with weights attached
to slow us down
and we move ahead
with the tides of time
sometimes going up
sometimes going down
sometimes hyperbolic
sometimes tangential
but all the time moving in circles
still groping in darkness
that has only turned
from red to grey.

Just as a condemned convict
consigned to the gallows
drags his laboured feet
shackled and fettered
we all move on
to meet our end
having never lived a life
that never was granted to us
on our way from delivery
to deliverance
only to discover
the tomb perhaps
is another gateway
another introitus
to another womb.

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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