Chinaman

Used_cricket_ball

Sometimes
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.

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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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