Debasish Mishra, a native of Bhawanipatna, Odisha, India, is the recipient of The Bharat Award for Literature in 2019 and The Reuel International Best Upcoming Poet Prize in 2017. His recent poems have appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Penumbra, trampset, Star*Line, Enchanted Conversation, and elsewhere. His work is also forthcoming in Amsterdam Quarterly, The Headlight Review, Space & Time, Writer’s Resist, Liquid Imagination, and Quadrant, among other places. His opinion essays have been published in leading newspapers and webportals of India such as The Times of India, The Logical Indian, Orissa Post, and Odisha Bytes. A former banker with United Bank of India, he is presently engaged as a Senior Research Fellow at National Institute of Science Education and Research, HBNI, Bhubaneswar, India.
Extra Yard of Flight
When the wings are dreary but daring the weary wings
after a long tiring flight for that extra yard or two
it’s easy to settle another bite of the
on a lonely log orange sky makes
for a smug-life all the difference