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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



The death of the dawn
lamented in the breath of the flautist
that dies in the cacophony
of the morning birds
the dark walls of my bedroom
gaining gold in slow motion
as I lie on my back
on the lumpy mattress
that I am used to
my eyes wide open staring
at the residues of my dreams dissolving
in the chiaroscuro
of the shadows of the window bars
fanned out on a glamour less ceiling.

The dreams that I chased
once upon a time
the dreams which sometimes eluded me
sometimes goaded me
and played hide and seek with me sometimes
the dreams which pulled me
out of the doldrums
shook me off my reverie
made me run
made me sweat and toil
to climb the hills
and scale the peaks
are almost gone
swallowed by the black hole
of insomnia
and I sweep my vacant gaze
unto the window for a glimpse
of the rising sun
that gives me the slip
and chooses another path
and another time.

I have a long day ahead
and my to do list is full
I got to get up
and peel off my images from the mirror
amble out of the confines of my home
to sweep off my shadows from the pavement
and to wipe off my footprints
from the wet sands
and all the traces that could
prove my existence
and then fade into
eternal anonymity
and lose myself in the mass

Just another face in the crowd.

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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