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Returning to My Motherland, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

When I came back,
To my home turf, I found myself,
Too cosmopolitan to my liking, 
The waffles and maple syrup, at breakfast,
The sweet cappuccinos at plush coffee shops,
And not having rice and curry for
All three meals. Yet, I cracked
Open my heart, to remember my early years,
The porridge, the sambal on toast,
And still, I saw the glass as half empty,
And rarely half full.

I guess the loft of your dreams,
Lies somewhere, as a flickering star in the sky.
How St Elmo’s Fire, or a luminescent firefly
In the sodden dark, is holding your home turf,
From cracking, right beneath your feet.

I always had spectacular eyes,
And yet the bed of earth, below my two feet,
The horizon in front of me,
The air fortress around me,
Remained unpalpable.

How from an observation deck,
You can either see, the 12 apostles,
Like in the periphery of Melbourne,
Faith captured in,
Beautifully carved stone.
Or sometimes,
You are rendered a visual,
Of the Grand Canyon,
Where one little sapling remains,
Far into the distance,

As the psychosis of a heart,
Stubbornly holds on, unfazed,
Knowing a mirage can be real,
To the desperate eye,

Like how I was, seeing, that lonely canopy
In the middle of a lifeless canyon.

Hope, I guess, lives on inside
My naive heart, bamboozling me,
On my observation outpost,

My gullibility, the source,
Of my obdurate survival.



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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