No Longer Blind (Jaffna on Google Maps)

Dancer_in_Sari

The mapless is now the mapped
The frontier has now been trekked
By man and machine
Where in those sweet words of “Go Ogle”
You have a microscopic view
Of one macrocosm – left behind
Where once dirty oil-laden sweat droplets
Trickled down trigger fingers
As on both sides of the divide
Lives were deracinated – top soil too unearthed
As witnessed on wind-damaged Asbestos
And bullet perforated walls

And in the winter chill
Of Toronto, an old man and a little child
Ogle through Google Maps
To see the warmth of familiarity
And the awe of a strange heritage
Where two generations broken
By one wall of blood
Gaze knowing what is seen through
Technology, is just a glimpse
Of what the heart grasped or can smother
After all while eyes fleet and tear
The heart skips in an arrhythmia
Or a palpitation, where love can be found
In mudslides crashing by limestone
When there is a monsoon inside – and on the out
When a gale blows through
In chilly nostalgia
And rain falls intermittently
In drizzling saudade.

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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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