Missing The Bus, a poem by Dilip Mohapatra at Spillwords.com
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Missing The Bus

Missing The Bus

written by: Dilip Mohapatra



I always wonder
why do I miss the bus all the time?

I am not a procrastinator
nor am I a late riser
neither am I a poor
decision maker
yet I always miss the bus …

The other day
I went chasing your footprints
on the passing clouds
but before I could catch up
it rained
milking the clouds dry
while you had given me the slip
and once again I missed the bus…

Many a times I searched
for a safe hiding place
in my shadow
and seek the light
that caused it
but before I could take
refuge in my umbra
darkness swallows it whole
leaving me stranded
under the dead lamp post
while the bus is gone…

On my serendipitous journey
from crotch to crown
I climb up
rung by rung
with utmost patience
and dexterity
but before I could
scale the peak
I slide few notches down
while the bus drives away.

While fulfilling the promises made
or extending a helping hand
to someone in need
or wiping off someone’s tears
who’s in agony
or forgiving someone
for a first time offence
I always find me late
and the bus undoubtedly
has already left.

Life goes on
while it seems
a day will come
when I would be there
where I intend to be
well on time
and will never regret for
not being there
when I was needed…

I continue to wonder
why do I miss the bus all the time?

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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