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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



I don’t mind seeing the rainbow
in different shades of grey
one accentuating the other.

I don’t mind seeing the sprawling
meadow shorn of its green
a grey carpet spread before me.

I don’t mind seeing the sepia
in a rising sun and the sky a grey slate
with greyer clouds with silver linings.

I don’t mind the grey butterflies
flying lustily around grey flowers
sucking the colourless yet sweet nectar.

But surely I mind when
the Brown beats the Black blue
or the White shuns the rest.

I surely mind when you say
hate is Black while White is purity
Red is passion and sad is Grey.

In the race of the races
no one ever wins for all are losers
all are victims of pigmentation.

Spirit has no colour and so does the soul
and you see the true colours beyond the skin
only when you’re colourblind.

Dilip Mohapatra

Dilip Mohapatra

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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