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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



The sea has been lapping
the cables of my anchor
with its saline tongue for years
trying to devour it to its core
but it lives on
undeterred and resolute
surviving the vagaries of weather
though with a thin layer of rust
which like scars left behind
by the wounds that
eventually heal
remind one of strength
and ability to stay on and carry on
and holds onto the shanks
as solidly as ever.

As I weigh my anchors
the cables wound up on the windlass
and give my conning orders
slow ahead both engines
I am ready once again
to set sails to continue on my
endless voyages ad infinitum
Pegasus and Cygnus for company at night
the gulls and albatrosses during day
the heavens revolving past
my steadfast mast
as I go round and round
with the rhythm of the rolls
pitches and yaws
on the spinning carousel that is Earth
chasing horizon after horizon.

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.
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