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Messi and Maradona are superstars
From two epochs.While the invisible hand sweeps
Through economies, in capitalism. 
While knowledge, lives on
In encyclopedias, the never ending
Collection of facts and numbers,
Which includes Maradona, Messi
And Adam Smith.

“Hand of God”, I type,
I get a you tube video of
Maradona handling a soccer ball
His arms flung in the air.
Diego we learn his first name is,
Which is similar to Santiago
The main character in a
Hemmingway novel “Old Man and the Sea”.

Diego to Santiago,
Those names etched on youtube
Or inside modern classics, will go on,
As two names, that both mean James.
How the old world is overthrown by the new.
How Christopher Columbus had
The blessing of a namesake saint,
St Christopher, the patron saint of travellers.
While Amerigo Vespucci,
Gave birth to a country, America.

How the new world colonies, what
Began in Jamestown in 1607, lives on even today.
How it is now, in modern day Virginia,
Symbolizing Mary who became the Madonna
While in a different latitude,
In a different place in time,
Was Diego Maradona’s goal,
Both, ably assisted,
By the supreme hand of God.


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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