written by: Dilip Mohapatra



You slaughter me
in instalments
bit by bit in stages
with calculated precision
and your first victim
is my voice when you
freeze my larynx or just
sever my tongue.

Then you gouge my
eyeballs out to steal my sight
and rob my tears away
and then go ahead to
rip off my ears one by one
to finally leave me
deaf dumb mute.

Now you shift your attack
to my limbs
and chop them off
one by one
making my torso
flopping around on the floor
like a freshly caught
fish flapping out of water.

Then you take a sweep
of your scalpel sharp scimitar
that slices through
my neck musculature
and my head rolls
on the dirt and filth
on the ground
strewn around
and you wash your hands
in the fountain of my blood.

And finally you dig
through my rib cage
and pluck away my
feebly beating heart
and then look intently
for my escaped soul
that has given you the slip
and in its invulnerability
and immortality
it mocks at you
it dares you to
catch it if you can.

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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