Hey you outdoor guys listen
you have only one Sun
and we have many
captive in our cozy little caves
which can be switched
off and on at our will
to enslave the darkness
dancing to our tunes.
Hey you outdoor dudes listen
you breathe the air
that Nature wishes to lavish on you
or even cool off under
the shade of a tree
but we have tamed the air and the wind
captive in the blades of our fans
and in the blowers of our AC.
Hey you outdoor freaks listen
you take a sip of the cool water
from the natural springs
to quench your thirst
without a care
and we have bacteria and salt free water
purified through reverse osmosis and
chilled in our five star rated fridge.
Hey you outdoor aficionados listen
you jog along the beach
climb the mountains
lift the loads and paddle the boats
and we the smarter ones
walk on our treadmill
sweat it out on the Smith machine
within the four walls of our basement.
Hey you outdoor blokes listen
you spend an evening
watching a movie at the drive in
or enjoying an opera at the amphitheater
but we love our recliner
and a book in our hand
or surfing channels on our smart TV
with our furry pet purring on our lap.
But how come
you are so cheerful
and fresh all the time
and we so grumpy
and stale most of the time
your skin glows though tanned
and ours like a pallid parchment
with blotches of red
your breathing so very smooth
and ours laboured
with streaks of asthma?
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.