Two Poems – Bikram Kumar Mohapatra
This is the kind of solitude
that restores the ambiguity of thought
and shields a sad screen on consciousness.
The amorous man’s soliloquy
is about the modernity of sex
and the poet looks for
the new born words.
Before the evening
the infernal smoke uproars
from the kitchen.
The nest coming birds
have a glimpse on the poet and the man
while flying away with their bare crotches.
Birds hovering trivial to man
and inspiration to the poet.
Suddenly a ghostly silence succumbs
the forgetfulness in depression
As another setting sun
spills the past on water.
Before the last ember
dies from the burial
before the last whisp of smoke ends
The man weeps
A lulling sanity unravels the poet
The sobbing sound emanates from him
as an elegy
which is sweetest more and eternal.
In the Moments of the Setting Sun
In the indifferent moment of the setting sun
the spirit of bonhomie elongates on the
surface of water.
An old fisherman sits silently beside the
river looking intently for a better prey in
Hours drift slowly shackled by the
In the widening dusk a stupid desperation
broods over the fisherman with a strange
failure of tactics suddenly, an unidentified
effortless impotence curves before
his rheumy eyes.
Time and again a kingfisher hovers round the
sky dives with the blue of the sky in to the blue
of the water and comes out victorious with
virtuous moments as a living fish crawls into
its beak for an eternal gloom.
just before the evening an owl hoots in the
emptiness of destiny the ruminatve shadow
of the fisherman becomes silhouetted against
the amplitude of water.
He gets himself ready to catch it as a fish by
stretching his net over the surface.
Although, the sun moves westward offering the
reddish darkness for an infinite order of the world.
Bikram Kumar Mohapatra from odisha. India, is a senior lecturer in English. He is a poet and critic, widely published poems and articles in the journals of India. He has recently published a book on poetry criticism from Adhyayan publisher New Delhi in the title Metaphysics of confession the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Kamala Das. A research oriented creative man that believes in art of life.