Aruni (The Elephant)

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I saw Aruni’s dreams
Of those Eskimo kisses – when trunks meet
Or when they try an impossible French kiss
And lovable eye-lashes
That flutter seemingly by nature or habit

And elephants have hearts the size of air balloons
Streaming away in air-currents
Seemingly afloat in love
And all they ask is to be left alone
To be a parade of elephants
Walking through conservation corridors

And those hearts are
Larger than any one of us, larger than life
Larger than a temple statue or a circus act
Larger than an aphrodisiac or a funeral accompaniment
Larger than a pappadam or a match box

Yet smaller, and feebler
Than a tiny runaway bullet.

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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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