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The broke man pockets a lottery,
Every time, dawn rises, with an orb of fire,

Aurora’s surprise, light’s epiphany,
Crossing a crack in a curtain,

How the crow is now cawing,
On an electricity line. Ominous you could say.

While the magpie and the myena, search for seeds
Like I am, tiny seeds to renew my lease of life,

To germinate a new chapter in my life,
One absolved of pain and suffering.

The past, a doorway that time enters
At the same dreaded pace, like a navel of an hourglass,

While I become a wasting doormat,
Fate, takes for a slave, and perhaps God too

Making me like biblical Job, who lost everything
And still stood by God’s cheek.

I’m sucked into a large black hole,
To a place and time, called the future,

That comes unannounced on most times.
I lift myself up, and draw open the curtain,

Of the one window in my bedroom;
That in itself, a ritual of hope.


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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