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NEVER MIND

written by: Dilip Mohapatra

@dilipmo

 

You call her up few times
and she doesn't take your call
you think she may be busy
and will respond when she's free
and sees your missed calls.
You send her messages
urging her to call back
but she doesn't.
You fret and fume
and feel dejected and desolate
and seethe with helpless anger.
Never mind.
Things won't always be the same
and any way, how does it really matter?

Your appraisal for the year is over
and you wait for your increment letter
and perhaps a promotion
that would move you
into the corner office
with your name embossed in brass
on its door
but the bubble bursts
and you find yourself where you were.
Never mind.
Things could have been worse
and any way how does it really matter?

You thought you were the uncrowned king
when your ego was in bloom
and you thought you were
the most powerful man in the room
someone else pushes you aside
and now the crowd applauds for him
you drown yourself in abject gloom
and wonder why the sea
didn't part always for you
as it did for Moses
and how any one ever can take your place!
Never mind.
Nothing in the world is permanent
and any way how does it really matter?

You have chased your dreams off and on
sometimes caught up with them
sometimes left behind.
You have run your races many a times
sometimes touched the finish line
and gave up sometimes.
Now on your last leg
you got to hand over your baton
and carry on to the twilight zone.
Don't feel bad that your days are done.
Never mind.
No one is here to stay for ever
and any way how does it really matter?

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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