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Aborigines

Aboragines

A round Eucalyptus bark, gather,

B reathless groups of men, dark as cocoa,

O verlooking a rusty dome, Uluru, it is called.

R emembering an adolescence of gleaning,

I ndustrious in harnessing the abracadabra of a land;

G oing for a bath to a billabong, to a high on pituri,

I ndigenous, and still loyal to a land of fire. Proof that,

N o pale-skinned invaders can overthrow, ‘

E ons of midnight skin and sunny eyes at noon,

S howing to the white man, who encroached;

 

Dreamtime, is our own welfare system,

Made of sun woman & moon man,

Casuarina thickets & muddy waterholes,

 

While our perspiring bodies,

Fleet through the parched outback,

As spirit-powered utes.

Author:

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 – https://meandererworld.wordpress.com/ -, where he has nearly 2000 poems.

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