Debasish Mishra

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