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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



Have you ever tried
to pick up the crumpled page
from the waste paper basket
and look for the rusted moments
that have left their pug marks
on the canvas of the past
discrete and desolate
and connect them together
that might have led
you to the unexplored dark caves?

And you might have stumbled
on some hidden treasure.

Did you ever try
to connect the droplets
of your lover's tears,
her corpuscular smiles
and her hyphenated whispers
on the page of her epidermis
and cared to see the total picture.
A shining moon lurking
behind the black clouds
the dark and light ensemble
of her feelings and aspirations
of her pleasures and her pains?

And you might have stumbled
on some hidden treasure.

Have you ever lied
on the gratings on the quarter deck
of a ship underway
at the dead of the night
and gazed through the opening
in the awning
to figure out the zodiac signs
on the celestial canopy above
and tried to reconfigure
and reconnect them differently?

And you might have stumbled
on some hidden treasure.

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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