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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
Poets Starting After Forty
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
Lovely. Liked your voice as well
Thanks for the kind words
One of your best poems.. The recitation adds flavour…
Very sort of intimate..Amazing narration too..Do you write songs too? Regards Lee
Thanks a lot
burst of gamma rays and solar flares emanating from the horse’s mouth..powerful !
Loved it. Both.
Thanks a lot
Lovely…ati sundar..Love it..Gote hindi re hei jau..
Beautiful – Loved it. Audio voice is really good. Awesome!!
Thanks Sir. This was my first time & I was apprehensive.
Wonderful…..can relate a fully…
And we read and heard it in your voice. Very well written. Mimi & Rajan
Thanks Mimi & Rajan
Very nice Debasis
Wonderful. All the pathos of prufrock!
Ha Ha… I am still learning