Outside a Cake Shop

The crushed dreams concealed
Beneath the wrinkled forehead
Sarong-clad, sweat-varnished, shirt-bare
A Sri Lankan pauper who will rarely catch a conscience
But is passed from eye to eye like a commodity
He labors on in front of a cake shop called ‘Fab’
When the brittle jaws muster a few words of imploration
Searching for a little bit of mercy
Under a merciless sun and amidst frosty hearts
After all here in the Serendib isle
There are cakes which are baptized
When the greedy finger plunges and scrapes a tipful of icing
Just like when teeth clench and the lips stretch
For the icing on lip-gloss to melt in a saccharine smile
After all the beggar and the wealthy man
Only meet and greet outside a cake shop
When in the interface of icing sugar – there are two men
Baked of dough spilling their icing
In the name of human nature –
After all a smile is a threadbare cliche, j
ust like a gifted note or coin
And hiding beneath this transaction is sincerity
Slowly eroding towards extinction
When all reflexes mechanical prosper
At the expense of the manual.

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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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