Tanned skin, combed hair
From wrist to elbow and ankle to pubis
Even a healthy dose of testosterone
Does not make you a south Asian
Just a googly tradesman from the orient
Under the watchful eye of throngs
After all you can become a Chinaman
Even if you don’t possess
Oriental eyes, clean jawbones
And a thick head of hair
When you are just a freaky southpaw
Who likes to invert his noodle wrist
And make bicycle wheel rotations
Spinning the fabric of deception
Around a chopped stick
Of a cricketing bat.


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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