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

SONNET ON ELEPHANTS BY DILANTHA GUNAWARDANA

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Questions On Palestine

Would the Palestine cause Vanish like a tear? or blossom like a smile? Would Gaza city see her renaissance Like a verse in a dead-poets society? Would the drawbridge of peace Open her passage For the home-wards and home-bound To find a plot of land to call their own? Would simple reason be treason Beneath…

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The Death Of The Chinese Salesman

They used to call him ‘The Chinaman’ (cheena)  A name that blended  To his sino-heritage and bamboo skin A salesman by profession Travelling door-to-door, on footpaths of civilization  Selling cosmetic jewelry and ornamental bling-bling A man whose roots were uprooted And transplanted in the Ceylonese mainland Making a meager living In the legacy of his…

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Durian Fruit

A noxious stench that feeds A manic olfactory episode A strange fruit that is held inside cane baskets On the Colombo roadside What draws house flies in swarms And filters the foolhardy from the foolish A bystander on a pavement loft Saturated by a magical concoction of nectar A ripe dressing that dissolves on the…

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