A poem on Elephants published in “Ravens Perch”, a literary website.

SONNET ON ELEPHANTS BY DILANTHA GUNAWARDANA

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African Child

In this dire corner Of the long-forgotten King Solomon’s mines Slender copper varnished bones Draw murky muddy water As an innocent seemingly-attentive Face looks on, unknowing That the umbilical cord of love Is as strong as the rope That carries a bucketful Of rust-toned water And that water When infused and thickened By cells and…

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End of Apartheid – 2

Threads of silky-white cobwebs Of stitched eye lids Blinding man Within the darkest hues of hate Were dissolved forever By the emancipation Of a bleaching tear

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End of Apartheid

Graffiti of hate  That demonized the human mind Was painted over by the advent of spring Where cherry blossom consciences Surrendered to the absence of skin paint Where black and white coalesced In the shadow of a forgiving freedom As turpentine drops poured from the skies And rainbows painted over the horizon Depolarizing all extremities…

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AIDS – Not A Love Story

In the incurability of a contagion What crosses the bridge of two bodies in an entente of bliss And lingers in silence and punity Where the vigor of being fades to the trickle of time And vitality is tapped from a bough of life In the colonization of a gamut of blood cells A state…

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An Ebola Doctor At Death Bed

All I could see Was a dark cloud in front of the window My eyes that could see so much Relegated to a miserly few I couldn’t see the sun that smiles like an orb of fire Nor could I see the rainbow Monsoon’s miracle through my twin glass panes I was stranded marooned Like…

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