Editor’s Note:The author writes, “The poem was a result of my chronic sleeplessness and the medicines I took for sleep. Somehow it gets connected with the feeling of absences in my daily life. The ‘absences’ range from the loss of a pencil to the loss of a friend, from an absent past to an absent future. In fact, I have a novel called Absences.” Bibhu Padhi’s lives with his family in Bhubaneswar, India.
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