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written by: Dilip Mohapatra



Smeared with the amniotic fluid
we are handed over
from one mother to another
and emerge
from one cave to another
and as the umbilical cord is severed
many other cords
sprout from the walls
of our new abode
and coil around us
with weights attached
to slow us down
and we move ahead
with the tides of time
sometimes going up
sometimes going down
sometimes hyperbolic
sometimes tangential
but all the time moving in circles
still groping in darkness
that has only turned
from red to grey.

Just as a condemned convict
consigned to the gallows
drags his laboured feet
shackled and fettered
we all move on
to meet our end
having never lived a life
that never was granted to us
on our way from delivery
to deliverance
only to discover
the tomb perhaps
is another gateway
another introitus
to another womb.

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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