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ONCE AGAIN

written by: Dilip Mohapatra

@dilipmo

 

I am sure that
I shall rise from
my tremulous ashes one day
and shall be resurrected
to walk the earth
once again
perhaps with a new name
and new blood in my veins
to play a new game
to make the wrongs right
and paint the blacks white
and to win once again
but ensuring that
you don't lose either.

I have seen
people dying
without ever having lived
never to be reborn
never again to get
a second chance
to do and undo
things they did and did not
and perhaps to
live a life
and an uncorrupted dream
that eluded them
all along.

As of now as I trudge along
sometimes on track
and sometimes off
I feel that I cease to exist
having lost my being
in so many beings
and having seen
light dying young
in my ominous shadow
while I leave behind
in my wake
heaps of dried up leaves
voiceless flowers
and mutilated butterfly wings.

I am sure that
the end would end one day
and there would be
the dawn of
another beginning
may be at another place
another time.

Once again.

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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