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Pinnawala (The Elephant Orphanage)

Here they collect elephant dung
To be pressed and made into paper.
How beautiful that pages
Of poetry are born, from elephant poop,
The biggest dung of them all.
What used to be fertilizer for
The cultivation of crops, now
Making way for stanzas, sonnets
And haikus. How poetic
That inside “the well of dew”,
There is innovation, the free
Thinkers like Gallileo and Copernicus,
Who saw a strain of beauty in the diabolically ugly.
How a poet exonerates ink from pen,
On organic spaces, where
Scribbled words, gain coherence
And meaning. How in Sri Lanka,
Even elephant poop, becomes
A poem. How like a house fly,
Buzzing on fresh droppings
Of elephant excreta, there are
Poems being air lifted from the organic.
How the hour cometh, when those
Poems with wings, liftoff,
Like commensal house flies,
Carrying gems like germs, to infect
The third eye; that supreme
Connoisseur of indiscreet beauty


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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