Avurudu (New Year)

  The lurking Asian Koel, And the crow’s nest, where she leaves her eggs. While a pot full of milk spills over to the floor, Marking an auspicious time. While I, look outside, to see red flowers on tree tops, Like lanterns in the twilight.   While my wife and I, Look at each other,…

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January

The beginning of a new year, Looking at a new calendar, With a picturesque view of the Sri Lankan coast,  And 31 days of being two-faced, The hangover face from last year, And a new year’s face, that applies an anti-septic To the wounds of the year before, while Looking inside that bucket, That is…

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April

The policeman’s arms stood in a frenzy Like he was preparing for the Olympics A strange scarecrow appearance was there About him, when he finally idled His arms. My wife and I, were sitting in the car Looking on in the traffic. We knew April in Sri Lanka is when all the shoppers Come out…

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2017

My wife had put on the colorless base For a painting in burgundy, cutex She calls it and that little brush Paints little keratin canvases With a single coat of color She knows we will be at Hilton In a couple of hours, partying with friends. She had photographed and sent Pictures of three evening…

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A New Year Kiss

Beyond December’s fall Is a day that slips when the clock strikes north Pointing to the heavens When Cinderella is a just a poor lass Forgotten in the moment and a prince’s heart rocks Back and forth, to and fro, in the unsteady wind When love is the gale and the lips are but a…

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