Cricket

In the palms of ambassadors

Of a royal colonial game

Lies a rendez-vous of leather and timber

Fauna and flora competing in their skins and bulk

Of a grass-scanty square

Where in the furor of wielding willows and runaway balls

Lies a paradox of soul and spirit

A game of gentlemen and warriors

Where man befriends man, palm to palm

Sporting different color-coded overalls

And rolls from the flip of a coin

To a spectacle of noise

Where lambs roar in makeshift manes

And lions surrender as beaten lambs

A meadow of milestones and tombstones

Where in each milepost and epitaph

Lies polar fates of glory

On an amphitheatre of dreams

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meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist, who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. Dilantha wrote his first poem at the ripe age of 32 and now has more than 1700 poems on his blog. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, Kitaab, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry and Ravens Perch, among others. He was also awarded the prize for "The emerging writer of the year - 2016" in the Godage National Literary Awards, Sri Lanka for his first collection of poems (Kite Dreams – A Sarasavi Publication), while being shortlisted for the poetry prize. Dilantha is a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and Australia, and shares his experiences from two different cultures. He blogs at - https://meandererworld. wordpress.com/

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