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Ms. Preeti Dhara Samal (b.
27-06-1973) is Principal, Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, Koraput (Orissa).
She writes poems and short-stories (in Oriya) most of which are
published in various journals and magaines. She has to her credit one book
of poetry (Diary) The writings are based on human
relations, tribal life and culture, heritage and spirituality.
Her poems celebrate feminine experiences and have a distinct structural brocade that too is feminine. She writes consistently.
Awards : Katha Naba Pratibha Award for short story (1996), Kadambini Award for short-story (2003), Satta Samman for Best story writer (1987-88). She is also engaged in research work on Tribal Life and culture
Debasrit, Pujariput Road, Koraput-764 020 (Orissa)
Phone : 06852-250288, 250650, Mobile: 94372-33414, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Preetidhara Samal
I suffered living death
as I inhaled each breath of my existence;
I begged of Time
a six-inch-length of life;
as I go missing,
like an unwanted mist-wrapped morning,
the misery of getting drained out
in my craving for a little tender sunshine.
For an uncertain salvation
what is the point
of courting a voluntary exile?
Just because someone
promised in a future moment,
the Eternal Vision,
should the dream-packed eyes
be exterminated at this instant?
the devastated earth following a storm;
the mango flowers
smoldering in the fog;
the ache from a secret wound
in a secret part of the body;
the lengthening shadow
of the evening Ė
My sustenance thrives in sorrow.
Here, letsí annul
the agreement that signs our relationship,
our world away from conditionality.
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