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EXTRATERRESTRIAL

written by: Dilip Mohapatra

@dilipmo

 

They land in their flying saucers
and seem to appear
in many shapes and sizes
yet in allotropes
of our very human form
and acquire names
like Flatwoods monster
or Hopkinsville goblin
in their skins
grey and green
or with silver scales of a fish
mimicking our eyes
sometimes as slits
noses masquerading as
just two holes
a mouth with jaws of a shark
or sometimes which hides
the tongue of a chameleon.

We record the unintelligible
sounds from the space
and try to decode
to unravel the mystery
of their messages
and send our probes
to search for presence
of water in the remote galaxies
the life sustaining
fluid that we are familiar with
and draw our inferences
if they too have a heart
if they too have a soul
if they are capable
of loving and loathing
and if they too are creations
of the same God.

Our reasons perhaps are
subordinate to our passion
our hypotheses perhaps
are fenced with our limitations
and our imaginations
perhaps are captive of
our apprehensions
as we traverse on the beaten tracks
with blinkers on
blind to another dimension
an unlikely reality
and a different definition
of time
space
and life
altogether.

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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