Black Tux Of Skin

(Written at the absence of color at the Oscars)


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.



Published by

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.

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