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SHELF LIFE

written by: Dilip Mohapatra

@dilipmo

 

Immortality
is just a concept
an attempt to
fool yourself
about your invincibility
at best
a self fulfilling prophecy.

Everything comes
with an expiry date
nothing lasts for ever
everything that goes up
has to come down
sooner or later.

Eternal love
undying love
extraordinary love
and relationships
that defy death
and get carried over
birth after birth
are only fallacies
and make believe
pretensions and
perhaps
sweet deceptions
that hold no water.

It's finally
about asphyxiation
of the life line that fed into
your turgid arrogance
inflated with
a tumescent
bravado
and a defiant ego
that you nurtured
over the years which
finally cowers in a corner
whimpering and gasping
for breath
with an irreversible flaccidity
of a placid phallus!

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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