The Color Purple


In Jaffna,
Dioscorea alata is a morning delicacy
Boiled yam with a healthy serving
Of coconut milk and sugar
Mashed into a porridge like consistency

And this colorful dish
Is a celebration of new beginnings
When an aura rises from a shadow
A reminder that before renewal
Time could only hemorrhage purple spurts
From oxygenated arteries

And purple breasts
Lingered through hazy mists
Of a timeless twilight
To finally see the day, a serving bowl
Was filled to the brim
With purple yam.


Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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