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.


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.

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