DEBASIS TRIPATHY

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POETRY

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Poets Starting after Forty

The young poets may pity
others for starting after forty,

joining the long queue late
with old tone and thoughts
as they ripened during aging
in the interior belly of barrels
The maturing masked & moderated

What they lost in youth
and now making up in midlife
reprinting a faded facsimile
that was forced into bondage
failing to fulfill in prime

Very different from theirs
what a predicament they face now
after all those strife & stages
of a festering mess of pain & plateau

not one expression erased
though they start behind, as if eventually
dormant with emotions   

a volcano were to erupt from under
the barrier between then & now

Debasis Tripathy works for an IT Company in Bangalore. He also writes – poems and short fiction. His recent work features in Mad Swirl, Rogue Agent, Vayavya, Feral, Mantle Poetry, Eunoia Review and elsewhere. Occasionally, he tweets at @d_basis

23 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Lovely. Liked your voice as well

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    • Debasis Tripathy

      Thanks for the kind words

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      • Mousumi

        One of your best poems.. The recitation adds flavour…

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        • Anonymous

          thanks much

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        • Anonymous

          Thanks

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        • Lee(Sujit)

          Very sort of intimate..Amazing narration too..Do you write songs too? Regards Lee

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      • Anonymous

        Superb Deb…

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    • Debasis Tripathy

      Thanks a lot

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    • Anonymous

      burst of gamma rays and solar flares emanating from the horse’s mouth..powerful !

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  2. Arijit Maitra

    Loved it. Both.

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    • Debasis Tripathy

      Thanks a lot

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  3. Deepak

    Lovely…ati sundar..Love it..Gote hindi re hei jau..

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    • Debasis Tripathy

      Thanks Brother

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  4. Anonymous

    Beautiful – Loved it. Audio voice is really good. Awesome!!

    Arif Bhai

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    • Debasis Tripathy

      Thanks Sir. This was my first time & I was apprehensive.

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  5. Indu

    Wonderful…..can relate a fully…

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    • Debasis Tripathy

      Thanks Indu

      Reply
  6. Anonymous

    And we read and heard it in your voice. Very well written. Mimi & Rajan

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    • Debasis Tripathy

      Thanks Mimi & Rajan

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  7. Vinay Gudla

    Very nice Debasis

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    • Debasis Tripathy

      thanks Vinay

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  8. Ojas save

    Wonderful. All the pathos of prufrock!

    Ojas

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    • Debasis Tripathy

      Ha Ha… I am still learning

      Reply

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