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Jumping Photos on Social Media


Did you know that Facebook posers
Who jump in the air, all limbs flung to the open,
Are almost caught doing, a flying
Pas de chat in ballet, the step of the cat.
How we like to be, like everyone else,
Jumping for the mobile phone,
To catch you, an albatross-like wingspan,
Diving back to ground earth.
What you will do for a camera phone;
Learning that space, is a brief interlude,
When you become, the acrobatic kite, that you’re not,
With no string to hold you in place, making you fall.
How I have no pogo stick or trampoline,
Beneath me, only my springing feet.
Still I jump as high as my feet allow me,
Only to hear the feet thud back seconds later.
My wife, operating the phone camera,
Says jump higher, I try, but I fail.
Then, I remember that man Javier Sotomayer, the Cuban,
Who was a graceful high jumper. How perfect
He would have been on his facebook page,
Height, poise, grace and flexibility,
Unlike me, who now jumps to the inviting air,
Knowing I went the furthest I’m able to,
Where my bipedal feet took me, not on
The X axis but the Y, while being eternalized in 2-D.
The sweet music, of a click of a phone camera,
Knees bent, arms extended, like an idiomatic
Butterfly, pressed, inside a page,
Of chronicled history. How one image,
Of a man leaping in mid air, is a contagion,
Spreading through a connective medium,
Which too, will be elected to power,
By the democratic vote of,
A facebook “like”.


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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