Muse India Publishes Three Poems by the Author


With my chubby cheeks
and dimple chin
and with two of my
milk teeth missing
I smile wide while
I speak the truth
for I do not know
what is a lie
and what is falsity
and you attribute it to
my ignorance
or innocence.

Now that I have read the books
and remember the moral
of all the stories
that my grandpa told me
and know the right
from the wrong
I still speak the truth
by design and not by default
knowing very well
that there are other
versions like
half truths and untruths.

Now I have crow’s feet
round the corners of my
rheumy eyes
and as I break into
my toothless smile
that opens like
a dark cave amidst
the folds and creases
of my lustreless wrinkles
I continue to stick to the truth
for my ears are deaf
to what one should not hear
and my eyes are blind
to what one should not see
and in my deliberate immunity
I rejoice
and await my salvation.

Not Enough

The meadows lament grey tears
for you have robbed them of their green
to feed your envy
and still say not enough.

You added to your menu
worms grubs grasshoppers even armadillos
to pamper your bizarre taste buds
and still say not enough.

You denounced dyadic love
in favour of promiscuity and perversion
to promote and practice all sorts of debauchery
and still say not enough.

Your conscience is soiled
your honour besmirched and tainted
you continue to sell your soul again and again
and still say not enough.

You cobble the pavement to God’s abode
with decapitated heads of your brethren
and bathe your hands in their blood
and still say not enough.

Your coffers are bursting in their seams
your cup of woe is overflowing.
When will you quench your Tantalus’ thirst
and won’t say not enough?


In the dampness of your eyes
resides my moist desire.

In the flames of your sighs
lies the bonfire of my hunger.

In the silence of your smile
resonates my effervescence.

In the ashes of your longing
that simmer under your skin
the embers of my passion
turn into stardust.

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New English Review publishes the author’s poem “Uncertain Shores”

Uncertain Shores


Looks like I am done.

My chart blown away

and interred in the wake

of my schooner

no wind on my sails

no stars in the sky

compass awry

satellite navigator busted

and echo sounder dead.


With my engines sputtering

to a deathly silence

I prepare to

shore up the breach

to stop the leaks on the sides

while waiting for

the next high tide

but I drift aimlessly

across the coves

and fiords

studded with jagged rocks

to finally run aground.


I lower the

inflatable life boat

and paddle furiously

battling the surf

and beach my craft

on a stretch of silvery sands

and find myself

marooned in

an uninhabited islet

all to myself

sentenced to solitude.


I pick up my backpack

and my machete

and start hacking the thickets

to make my way through

the bushes

not in search of the treasure

that the buccaneers

might have buried

but looking for the shovel

that might have been left behind

to dig my grave

and ensure certainty

on these uncertain shores.


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Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar:

Dilip Mohapatra’s collection of Poems, ‘A Pinch of Sun’, was launched by famous Odia poet Shri Rajendra Kishore Panda in a simple yet impressive ceremony at Crown Hotel, Bhubaneswar on 24 June 2014. Admiral Salil Mohanty, Navy veteran was the Guest of Honour. Poets Shri Bibhu Padhi and Smt Mamata Dash  were amongst other dignitaries and literati who graced the occasion and participated in reading some of the poems to the audience.

Dilip Mohapatra, a Navy Veteran started writing poems since the seventies and his recent poems have appeared in various literary journals like Muse India, Indian Review, Helix Magazine, Chiaroscuro Magazine, BlazeVOX, etc. His poems have also been featured in the World Poetry Yearbook 2013. His poems reflect his emotions, moods and memories and though deal with a variety of themes, have a unique style of their own. Ishmael Annobil, the editor of Chiaroscuro, a London based magazine says, ‘Dilip Mohapatra, Poet, Indian Navy veteran, and mentor, explores God and nature, even the denuding of the moon.

These new poems benefit from his acute facility for allegory, sinewy rhetoric, and aesthetics. His poems are often highly charged, poems that are at once lyric and ethereal in purpose and aura. They celebrate The Deity and sing a note for the hapless.’

He did his Masters in Physics at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. During his MSc years he was inspired by his teacher Shri Jayanta Mahapatra, who was then an internationally acclaimed poet of repute and started venturing into poetry.  Post Navy, he held senior leadership positions with the Tata and Suzlon groups of companies. Currently he is the Chief Mentor and Strategic Advisor to KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. He has three daughters, Madhumita, Sona and Pratichee and lives with his wife in Pune.

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Book Review of ‘A Pinch of Sun and Other Poems’ by Ambika Ananth

A book of genuine poetic substance

A Navy veteran and poetry? It may sound a bit strange – Men in Naval Forces are supposed to be hard chargers who go out there on the seas and operate with all their might. How can then poetry, the Muse, spring from a Navy man’s heart? The answer is this book of poems A Pinch of Sun and Other Poems by Dilip Mohapatra, a Navy veteran who started writing poems since the seventies – which were published in many national and international journals. This collection under review has sixty poems on varied topics.

Primarily a poet of humane thoughts, he deftly shifts to pen his myriad thoughts – both subjective and objective, to write with an all-absorbing passion and earnestness.  Only when poetry is written with an overwhelming impulsion and instinct, poems will send out their feelers to evoke responses.  To be able to tease out that particular thought which is raring to shape itself into a good poem, and then write a good poem, it takes a sort of pristine poetic mood and creative élan – that quality can be seen abundantly in Dilip Mohapatra’s work. That intuitive and inventive exercise if one needs to indulge in to capture and recreate the mental image verbally, he seemed to have succeeded in indulging in that without much effort.

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