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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



My ship with its holds
filled with hopes and aspirations
has just been hit by
an unannounced iceberg
of intolerance and fanaticism
that has left a gaping hole
on her starboard side
shearing off her screws
and paralysing her rudder.

The cruel sea doesn't waste any time
and rushes in through all the openings
to fill up the lower decks menacingly
and as the level rises
I order Abandon Ship
and my crew rush to their
boat stations following the drill
they are used to
while my bosun stands steadfast
under the davits
in his drenched overcoat
and dripping boots
supervising lowering of the life boats.

Standing on the bridge
with my arms crossed over my chest
I look at the forecastle rising up steadily
as the stern dips
and try to wrench myself out of time's ballast
far away from the uncertain shores
beyond the horizon
wondering how of late
the climate has changed
and the icebergs have
outnumbered the ships on high seas
and prepare myself
to say hello to Davy Jones
and enter his locker for good
along with my ship.

Dilip Mohapatra

Dilip Mohapatra

MAY 2017 / JAN-FEB 2019 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
Dilip Mohapatra (b.1950), a decorated Navy Veteran started writing poems since the seventies. His initial foray into the world of literature was through poetry workshops in college and inspirations from his teacher Jayanta Mahapatra, an acclaimed poet in contemporary English. His poems have appeared in many literary journals of repute and anthologies worldwide. Some of his poems are included in the World Poetry Yearbook, 2013 and 2014 Editions. He has six poetry collections to his credit published by Authorspress, the latest being Dewdrops of Dawns, which has received raving reviews in multiple literary journals globally.
Currently his latest, a Professional book titled Campus to Corporate which is a career navigation manual for the students aspiring for a successful corporate career and for newcomers to the industry to survive and succeed has become a best seller with more than 10000 copies sold.
He lives with his wife at Pune, India.
Dilip Mohapatra

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