Bibhu Padhi

A Picture of Late Winter

Clouds move towards
the west in a flight
towards rest and sleep.

Somewhere, a prayer
issues from a deserted voice.

All of those who have
forgotten their sleep

in course of centuries,
over vast continents
of dreams, are awake

to listen to the night sounds,
feel an old wound perspiring
in spite of blessings and winter.

Birds re-locate their homes
even as we spell their names.

Bibhu Padhi is an Indian poet and writer. He writes in English and Oriya languages. He is also a literary critic and translator. He has written several books. Padhi joined Ravenshaw College’s (now Ravneshaw University and where he was educated) Department of English in 1974 and was teaching there until 1981 and later from 1985 to 1992. He was also Counsellor for Odisha branch of the Open University (IGNOU). He has 11 volumes of poems written in English.