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Bibhu Padhi
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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.

Bhubaneswar, India

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Chest. 2016;150(1):248. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.667
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    Who is looking for sleep
    in this land of absences?
    Who is struggling to find
    the alphabets for his name?
    As a writer night’s forlorn corner
    of home-warmth and dream?
    I’m sure, he is looking for
    someone else too, who would
    stay along with him until
    both found their respective sleep.
    Let me tell you that that time, with
    December, has gone into history,
    has found its proper place
    for a future hide and seek.
    Just come under this roof
    and you will see how each
    locates his separate sleep,
    how each is crumpled and folded
    into its own privacy.
    You needn’t try to find
    who is waiting for you;
    it surely must be me,
    wearing the night of an absent sleep.




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