Black Tux Of Skin

(Written at the absence of color at the Oscars)

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In forward and reverse of racial bias
Of albino fogs and sable mists
In history’s partitions and tomorrow’s hodge-podge
Of pitch black veneers and pallid Celtic coats
Above all these contradictions and paradoxes
You will find a trace of narcissism
In the white boys club on the Aryan Hills
Basking in the glow of their radiant skin tone
Forgetting for a mere runaway second
That every man is a descendent
Of the womb of Mitochondrial Eve
Who lived in far-eastern Africa
After all, every mortal will always be as dark
As his most primeval ancestor
And only as light as the bleach
Of five anomalous genes.

 

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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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