I am scared of moaning thighs
that entrap a lapful of glowing cinders
and of the serpentine arms
that coil and clasp around me
to squeeze out the last of my breaths.
I am scared of the fireflies
that ensue from the third eye
and of the pineal torch
throwing the flames at me like a dragon
to scorch me and reduce me to ashes.
I am scared of the black holes
the bottomless pits
that swallow whatever comes their way
and ask for more and more
never satiated forever thirsty.
I am scared of the superlatives
that tower over others
and reach dizzy heights tearing the skies
with heads swollen
despising and looking down at me.
I am scared of the strings and ropes
that don’t let things go and give up
that are tied down to them till perpetuity
and I flay and flail my limbs in desperation
getting more and more entangled in the web.
I am scared of the green eyes spewing venom
and of the black voodoo doll
made in my likeness
and of the pointed pins that are
driven through its heart.
I hear the cracking of the whip
and look for the hoop to jump through
I hear the tinkle of the bell
and I salivate
I crouch in the corner of my dungeon
bleeding of flagellation
hiding from my unseen enemies
but I know they are there somewhere
lurking around the bends
behind walls and behind bushes
silently waiting for me to emerge
so that they may pounce on me
and tear me apart.
I close my eyes and sit in the lotus pose
take out the string of prayer beads
rolling them one by one between my fingers
and silently chant the hymns of Hanuman
and then see all my enemies
in their shining armour
mocking at me
reflected on my inner mirror.
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, aProfessional 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.