Gunawardana

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My name fits around an obese waist
Or could measure the height of my frame
It is as long as the thread
That holds a kite in the sky

And my name is seemingly obsolete
Yet far from extinct – too redundant
To be forgotten from newspaper
Or news channel, and my name will spark
Uncomfortable pauses and spells of dyslexia
Seemingly phonetics is reinvented
At each stray-worthy mouth

And my name will adorn
Certificates as claustrophobic letters
Stacked inside the smallest of spaces
Where John Smiths are habitually found
And that name will always be
Blush-maker, tongue-twister and lip-roller
The longest name overseas
And one of the shortest here in Sri Lanka

And my protracted name
Is not meant to be articulated by feeble lips
Only carefully tossed from the tongue
As near as possible, as quiet as possible.

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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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