BUCKET LIST written by Dilip Mohapatra at Spillwords.com



written by: Dilip Mohapatra



Some one advised
to draw my bucket list
before I dictate my will
and I couldn’t think of any.
Then off I go to Google
looking for ideas
and to my surprise
I found the pages
flooded with many.

Some were wishful thinking
some pipe dreams
and fantasies taking wings
some unfulfilled desires
some exotic and exciting
some dreadful and
outright damning
but the never ending lists
scanned the whole spectrum
and all that could be conceivable.

On the gastronomic trail
one suggests to muster
enough courage to sample
the Bhut Jolokia chilli from Assam
or a Thai Zebra tarantula in Cambodia
or if you are made of sterner stuff
a dish of Casu Marzu from Italy.
From the long list of travels
you could consider
one to Machu Picchu
or to Bora Bora
or a night’s stay at
the ice hotel of Jukkasjärvi
and all the dare devilry
like zorbing
snorkelling with manatees
edge walking at Grand Canyon
and all that you always dreamt of
but could never do.

Lost in the meandering maze
of the exquisite wish lists
when I picked up the paper
to draft my own
again I went blank
unable to choose from
thousands of options
and finally settled for just two
not yet on the Google lists.

To love and to be loved
by one and all
while insulating myself
from all malice
all malevolence
all ingratitude
all hypocrisy
and of all
deceit and deceptions
all around.

To own a hankie
large enough
and absorbent enough
to wipe the tears of the world.

Before I kick the bucket.

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.
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