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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



Hey you !

You create the firewalls
of anonymity
under the cover of the nightly darkness
or being just another
face in the crowd
ensuring that you can’t be touched
for you are not in the focus
of any one’s watchful eyes
who may recognise you
and take you to task
and it doesn’t take much
to annoy you
and egg you on to
engage in your egregious pursuits
without a care for anyone’s
sentiments or image
and you spew your venom
in the most abhorring way
just to feel the power
which other wise eludes you
in broad day light and
in public view
and you hide your cowardice
behind your hollow bravado.

You thrive on your sadistic passion
and gloat over your victim’s pain
that you inflict with pleasure
with Machiavellian delight
and in your Narcissistic pursuits
seek attention
that normally wouldn’t have
come your way.

But your tribes and kinsmen
from time immemorial
never lasted
and so would you
meet your end one day
not very far off
when you would be caught
in the same very web
your favourite playground
and that would close on you
and strangulate you
and you can no longer elude
the soul within you
that would get back at you
the fire of your conscience
would consume you
and won’t let you get away.

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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