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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



The somnambulant nights
slowly walk into their slumber
lured by their daydreams
and the stars are expunged
by a swift sleight of the sunshine.

A petulant and defiant moon
unwilling to give up so easily stands fast as long as it may last
till it dissolves into the dawn
its footprints wiped off clean
leaving no trails for a possible betrayal.

After shuffles and reshuffles
I am pulled out for the day
I don’t really know if I am
the two of clubs or the ace of spades
or just the joker in the pack for today
and if the rules of the games still stand
but I know for sure
I am not yet discarded and I
would continue to be played.

Tomorrow will be another day
as the night falls asleep once again
and rejoices in daydreams
while another set of players wait
to play me with different stakes
and in my stochastic existence
of waxing and waning
in sync with the ebbs and flows
I shall continue to seek
how much am I of me
a crescent
a gibbous
or my complete being.

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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