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(born 6 August 1955) is Head of the Department of
Oriya at B. N. M. A. College, Paliabindha, Distt. Bhadrak(Orissa). He has
to his credit 9 books of poetry and 100 mini stories.
Notable books : (i) Ananta Premara Geet (1990), (ii) Matikatha (2005)
Notable Awards & Honours : (i) Kanta Kavi Memorial Award (ii) Uttaroddisa Lekhak Sammelan Award (iii) Chala path kabita award (iv) Prajatanta vishavakabita award
Address : Head of the Department of Oriya at B. N. M. A. College, Paliabindha, Distt. Bhadrak (Orissa).
Phone : 06784-272053
by Hrudananda Panigrahi
This is my Empire
is chronicled on papers of sand.
My empire of seclusion
hallucinating quiet endless sunshine.
My pathetic parched mind,
the sun-baked sand,
the sky is partly-burnt and faded.
Life here is a dead reed’s roots,
stretches of scorching sand and spiky shrubs;
no raindrops patter here,
save for the shadows of rows of date-palms,
and endless spells of desperate exhalations.
My feet just drags along
amid a faintly flickering void;
my life-force hurts,
my ribcage hurts,
with a burning sensation;
a poverty-writ green wait
pitifully cinders away.
Lying on the pitiless bed
amid the expanse of dead alleys,
I see in dreams only the raining nights,
the cavorting of streams,
the green monsoon woods
and the looks of a full earth;
as the dream breaks
another day lies ahead –
a terribly ugly day without a path.
The world is a corridor of shallow pretensions –
of the dead Mirage;
sandbeds of hopelessness,
the vacant sky of cloudlessness.
Another name of life is illusion.
Another name of life is thirst.
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