Evolution of a Syrian Woman

Syrian Woman

She was a poet with wings
Her wingspan was like an albatross
She flew gracefully over Aleppo
Past cloud-formations and wind-rapids
Until one fated day, her wings were clipped
As she tumbled down like Icarus
As fast as a peregrine falcon
Until she was bathed in brine, of the unforgiving Aegean
Where she found her fins and gills
And swam towards the golden beaches
Where shelters were aplenty
And there she transformed to a land creature
Shifting her limbs swiftly on land
Until she became a full-fledged mammal
Holding an infant on her bosom
Basking in the poetic justice
Of the surrogacy of dreams


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. wordpress.com/

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