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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



You made me flip the coin
and toss it into the air
and as it descends
you snap it up
and close your palms around it
the coin on your left palm
and your right palm on top.

The minutes tick by
in tandem with the heart beats
and you are yet to reveal the result
and then you say that
you can change the destiny
and turn your palms
in a flick
now the coin on your right palm
and the left palm on top.

Then you slowly open the palm
and show me the head
with a grin
while I try and remember
the fine print that you had
mischievously added:
heads you win
and tails I lose.

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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