A child unknowingly
Collects postcards
– from many wondrous locations
Such as the playground, the park
And even from behind the bars of the cot –
Unsigned by the sender
And relayed through the postbox
A black letter box that opens her latch
For dawn till dusk
And lets in what is time-stamped
And fate unrobed

And in this collection of
Obese color and thin gloom
There lies a tradition
Of what is firmly placed
In a drawer of collectibles
When the bridge between the unknown
And the known is seemingly
Just a jigsaw puzzle of quanta
Traversed through an interface
Of radiance and impulse
When a few tentacles
Of the brain, stretching outwards
Reels in everything unblinded by sight
And unforgotten by memory

And isn’t a postcard
A memento for an outlander
Embracing a culture alien to his?
Just like a child is merely a tourist
To a strange culture
Called life…..


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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