Yet Another Birthday
Each tree looks behind, remembers
the seed, imagines its further growth.
I know, the great trees I see
will all outlive me.
Why then this waiting for the end?
Why the celebrations of eternity?
Perhaps the answer lies elsewhere—
in our hereditary beliefs, our faith.
Why are we here, why these
temporary extensions, day by day?
Even today we do not know so many
It seems an ancestral wish
is to be fulfilled through a line
uttered with love, just as it seems
there is someone yet who can answer,
but who is still to be born.
Faithfully I wait.
Bibhu Padhi has published ten collections of poems. His work has appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout the English-speaking world. He lives in Bhyubaneswar (India) with his family.