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Sinhalese and Tamils

Leo is a Lion
Like the one on a flag,
Marking the etiology of a race,
The Sinhalese kind,
The lion who has a mane,
Like throngs of young men
Who are going back to the veddah styles,
Long beards, pony tails,
Untrimmed growth on facial bones.
The lion wannabes,
In a country, that took the blood
Of a lion and made it into
An advertising gimmick,
That became a loud roar against the minorities.
How lions are timid when sleeping
And ferocious in the prowl,
Just like a three-wheeler that attests
On its back, that there is lion blood inside,
The same tuk-tuks that will go,
Here and there, prowling
The roads, sometimes in sheer anarchy,
Carrying a slogan “lion’s blood”.
Testimony that there is a fine line to cross,
Between race and racism.
Lion and Tiger, aren’t they both
Sleeping beasts ?


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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