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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



A tribute to Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott in response to his Love after Love


A day will come
when you would hear
someone pressing your
and you open the door
only to admit yourself in
with open arms
and escort yourself
to your abode.

You would make yourself
in your own parlour
and engage in small talk
to break the ice
and may be you
would offer yourself
a cup of hot tea
or perhaps clink your
glass and say cheers
and sit down to
retrieve the numerous
selfies that you
had clicked together
from the Facebook

You perhaps will get
acquainted with
the stranger
whom you had forgotten
all these years
while you ran from
pillar to post
to prepare yourself
for the voyage ahead
and set your sails
to the unknown shores.
While you raised a family
paid the debts
increased your net worth
and while running
many a races
trampled some
and climbed on some
left some behind
and followed some
on your way to the top.

And now that you
are back on the level
playing grounds
it’s high time you
recognise him once again
as you stand in front
of the mirror
and pull him out
of your shadow
and let him and you
embrace each other to
once again become one
till you burn together
and your souls in fusion
sublimate together.

Dilip Mohapatra

Dilip Mohapatra

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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