Sri Lanka

I come from where the Tigers gnarled And ripped apart the lion’s heart And yet we sleep in the dens Of our own security, knowing no black and white stripe Can make prisoners of us, No yellow beast can pounce and shred Our dreams. And we still have scars Of where tigers gripped their teeth…

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Abrahamic Fogs

I floated like Aladdin To see young men rape the beauty of Palymra And desecrate the Buddha statues of Bamiyan We are a plague, us humans, that do not See another’s beauty, the tiger shark That cannot see innocence – the tender shell Of armor and the soft feet of a hatched turtle Floating to…

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Counting Serendipity (Post-War Sri Lanka)

  Nearly 42 million eye-lanterns Sharing 46 chromosomes Walking past 100 different labels and signposts Of brand names and street graffiti 21 million people sharing a 2500 year history Playing the numbers game of fate’s odds Where in 65610 square miles There is enough room for four ethnicities Tribesmen, native puritans and purana folk Even…

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Peace

  In the playground of life There are obese buttocks on see-saw planks Tugs-of-war of desires and need And high bars and hurdles erected by malice and greed When children of a lesser god Play to win miniature figurines As mementos of fragile glory Sketched on murals Of white and grey matter. And amidst such…

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Hatred

The gorge of hell’s fire Inside a fibrous hearth Breathes like a fiery dragon And that flame which is lighted By the match stick of dislike And oxygenated with time Bares a behemoth monster Which when heated to its melting pot Rampages on innocence Wishing for his own Twisted version of homogeneity Inside ghettos of…

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Ethnic Harmony

How slippery is the black tea That slips out of a tea bag And loses her dark tone And how smooth Is the white milk that dissolves And loses herself, diluting color And how beautiful is a cup of tea Where black and white blend To one consistency – in one twirl of the spoon…

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The Sri Lankan Flag

She stood sailing, a lion Amidst the many fellow felines, spotted creatures House cats that live inside homes And leopards that hide beneath bushes Surrounded by lush jungles She saw carnages – cinnabar eyes And scarlet-red canvases of skin Volcanoes rising beneath irises And leaking rivulets of life-ink She was sometimes draped Around ebony boxes…

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Poetry Against Terror

Dear All, This link below (at Amazon.com) contains an anthology of poetry by 64 poets from all over the world. I’m one of the poets who has a poem called ‘Chess’ in the anthology. The idea behind the anthology is that terrorism – the movement, and terror – the footprint, has touched the lives of…

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A Lesson In The Chemistry Of Peace

Like a love portion That spilled from the canopy of heaven Mankind fell for each other Unbound by season or reason Gazing at each other in the kinship of humanity In miracles that could be only be seen Through the lens of the conscience Where lay a beautiful strain of amity Souls in perfect serenity,…

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