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Vesak 3


The gratuity of a pandol,
A spectacle in light, or a Dansal,
Where they give ice cream,
Or a whole meal.

What has no price,
No motive and no gain,
As people flock, not just to fill their
Famished tummies, also to be part of festivities,
To be one with a celebration
Of what is priceless.

What needs no invitation,
What needs no riches,
Just people queuing on the road, quenching
Both hunger, and curiosity,

How it takes a special feeling
To stand in line, the revelers
Who go on bicycle,
Or on foot,

To the spectacle of Vesak
The many forms of light traversing the eye,
Bigger than a twinkling star,
Or a strutting moon,

How an aureole lit by bulbs,
Firing in many patterns, quenching,
Like what a Dansal meal, is to the tummy,
The obsession of two eyes, to be one with,
The plurality of light.


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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