Hope Warriors

Mother Theresa

When you look closely
Beneath Mandela or Mother Theresa
You will find a full heart
That outgrew an average body
And a fuller conscience
That outlived one life
Where one repeated act of defiance
Broke the spine of apathy
As on streets of Calcutta and Soweto
Lepers of the skin slipped out
Through pupil cracks
To become equal citizens
Of anonymity.

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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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