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At the Mental Health ward

mental health

There are so many sharp-witted
Crazy people inside a ward,

Some are sedated, some are plain cuckoo,
Some are high functioning,

Some are drugged by anti-depressants
Or anti-psychotics, some are ablaze

In mouthing beautifully-crafted foul language.
The doctors go one bed to the next

Saying to the many Florences, the angels by bedside,
What injections to give, what drugs

To throw into the pan, and the crazy ones take them,
To become only a fraction of who they are,

The windmill limbs, the delusional mind,
The weather-wane heart, the kites they are,

And how colorless they become,
Extinguished by a synthetic sanity.


Dr Dilantha Gunawardana graduated from the University of Melbourne, as a molecular biologist, and moonlights as a poet. He currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Botany, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Dilantha lives in a chimeric universe of science and poetry. Dilantha’s poems have been accepted for publication /published in HeartWood Literary Magazine, Canary Literary Magazine, Boston Accent, Forage, Kitaab, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry, Zingara Poetry Review, The Wagon and Ravens Perch, among others. Dilantha too has two anthologies of poetry, 'Kite Dreams' (2016) and 'Driftwood' (2017), both brought to the readership by Sarasavi Publishers, and is working on his third poetry collection (The Many Constellations of Home). Dilantha’s pet areas of teaching and research, include, Nitrogen Fixation, RNA biology, Phytoremediation, Agricultural Biology, and Bioethics & Biosafety. Dilantha blogs at – -, where he has nearly 2000 poems.

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