Elephant Graveyard


The tip of a blade
Of elephant grass holding on to a dew drop
Like an elephant tear, subtle yet tragic
Can a photographer capture this?

And that tragedy lies in seeing the eye of a poacher
The in-bred apathy or the barrel of a gun
The out-bred fury and when that dew turns to salt
It’s too late – a life has sublimed in to thin air

And soon an elephant carcass will sit on elephant grass
And two dents will be covered by gushed blood
Two intertwined fates – a patch of dead grass and a mammoth carcass
One lying on top of the other

And in this elephant graveyard, winds slant through blades of grass
Singing eulogies at their own kin

And soon long blades of grass will grow on the naked patch
Where the decomposing carcass used to lie

Like scrimshawed headstones
Sculpted of green ivory


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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