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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



When the rarefied daylight
diffuses and dreams into
the dense darkness of the night
and I take refuge
in the shadows of my
corruptible dreams
away from the scrutiny
of your absent eyes
and can't even remember
when the last kiss
evaporated from my lips
or when was it last
I clasped your hands
when you could not feel
your fingers.

How long will I hide
and be scared
to defrost my frozen feet
and won't have the guts
to resurrect the light
that died young in my
untamed shadows
again and again?
I know
that day will surely come
when I shall see
the light of the day uninterrupted
and when my bereaved
shadow would lament for my
body's warmth.

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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