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CAROUSEL

written by: Dilip Mohapatra

@dilipmo

 

We all mount our horses
saddled and bridled
painted in colours that
match the steed with our creed
and wobble up and down
on the merry go round
trying to outsmart one another
and win a race
that perhaps can never be won
for we are not sure
if the one following us is in the rear
or ahead of us by almost one lap
and then we dig our heels
under the hard bellies that
have no sensation to our spurs
and the unending chase
goes on and on.

The sun rises
crosses the meridian to
go down the horizon
to rise once again
and as it slowly swings
on the ecliptic
sometimes making us sweat
and sometimes shiver
we continue on our spin
with our firm faiths
with our blind beliefs
never realising that
we are just like soap bubbles
with rainbows tattooed
on our skins
in our few moments of glory
till we burst into nothingness
and someone else
claims our stallion.

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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