THE CORRIDOR By Anil Kumar Parhi

Jun 27 2018 4.00




I strolled

Through the narrow corridor

Beneath the dangling chandelier

With  lights blinking like

The eyes of goats

Before a carnival.


I knocked at the wooden doors

Geometrical spheres and angles


And metal plates with

Figures of outlines of human beings.

The knocks were different

Like rooms with different numbers.


Nobody opened.

Flower vases stood silently

Resuming those unheard words

I ignored.

Had they fled

To the unfathomable distance

For the Honey of Immortality!



I entered into the last room

Just a soft push made it open

I closed my door.


A little later

I heard other doors opened and closed

Closed and opened.





The closed room

Suddenly evaporated

And melted like the tip

Of an icy finger.

The long elastic Horizon

Stood in numbness.


An owl hooted

On the top of a tombstone,

An easy rain

Cleansed those epitaphs

And murmured in my ears

That the harvest is gone.


A dejected and lonely seed

From under the desolate earth

Winked at those wondrous apparitions,

And sounds of the biting nails

Of the designated worms

Confirmed the search forlorn.

I scratched myself

The myths all that I had

The themes that I nourished

The escapes once I had tried for

I scratched everything, the hesitation

I had accumulated so far.


Oh, that corridor

The tube,

The blood and pain

The cry and sigh

The sigh and the cry again!!



About the Author


Anil Kumar Parhi is a short story writer, novelist, poet, critic, and columnist. He was born on April 9, 1969 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He received his MA in English from Vani Vihar, Utkal University and  MPhil from  Central University, Hyderabad. Currently, he is a Senior Faculty at KB College, Baranga, Higher Education Dept., Govt. of Odisha. He writes in both Odia and English. He has published 13 story collections, 5 novels, 1 poetry collection, and 1 prose collection. His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines. He has received 12 prestigious state and national level awards for literature. He has contributed columns and articles to various newspaper and magazines. He lives with his family in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.