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SALT AND PEPPER

written by: Dilip Mohapatra

@dilipmo

 

They surely make a lovely pair
the dark and the fair
so stark in contrast
yet they sing together
like the contralto and the soprano
their tessitura and timbre
so very different
yet in their juxtapositions
they resound and resonate.

Before the pages
of the history
that we inherit
turn sepia and brittle
new pages are added
out of which
most continue to be grey
while the rest paint a chiaroscuro
of our story
that we wish to record
and we
hand it over to our progeny
who write their own narrative
again in shades of grey
and pass it on to theirs.

While we live on
we try to redeem
our black complicity
by our white excuses
and perhaps cover our
black deeds with white lies
even paint the dark night
with bright sunlight
and in due course
become mere footnotes
at the bottom of the page
in black and white.

As we calibrate our lives
with clocks and calendars
one fine day
the rainbow turns white
over night
and attenuate
into the cerulean sky
while the elusive cat
continues
to leave its black pug marks
on the white shroud
again and again
like the charcoal graffiti
appear on white washed walls
in repeated cycles
and the game goes on.

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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