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NO MAN'S LAND

written by: Dilip Mohapatra

@dilipmo

 

Shadows escape
through the barbed wires
that demarcate
the discontinuities
and dance over
the miasmatic morass
while an old haggard frog
on a rotten log
suppresses a sneeze.

Some slippery souls
slither in
stealthily and seek
asylum
and some are taken
hostage
by their
phantom reflections.

No fetters
no manacles
no cages
no walls
yet you lose
your name
your address
and display
not even a number
tattooed in red
on your black and white
striped hide.

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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