A Short Memoir from an owner of a Refugee Shelter

While others lit lamps in a church

Or joss sticks in a temple

While others stood in vigils, lighting candles

And demanded the remembrance of blood shed

In terrorism and belligerence

I sheltered numerous flames

From the rampaging winds

By holding my twin palms around

A lonely incandescence

Bearing a quantum of life

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Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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