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CAT'S-PAW

written by: Dilip Mohapatra

@dilipmo

 

The sea is so calm now
and the bay is tranquil
the tides are full
and the moon is silent
the stars blink still
but more as a habit.

The keel is steady
in the comforts of the berth
the winds no longer sing
through the rigging
it’s only the soft cat’s-paw
that prods and probes
the weather beaten scars
some visible
and some hidden
behind the barnacles
which throb once a while
to remind you
of the gales that you regaled
the waves you braved
and then you long
to weigh your anchor
let go the ropes off the bollards
and set sails once again
into the unknown seas
not ventured earlier
and explore
many an uncertain shores
still unseen
and unvisited.

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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