Annasi Velendama (Selling Pineapple Pieces)


Sulfur rods – a little stockier and squarer
Than dynamite – sprinkled with a salt shaker
And embellished with amber flakes
Of merciless spice on a Scoville scale
And we call this street delicacy
A renegade of sorts, the conglomeration
Of a vintage acidity, raw unheralded sweetness
And a good helping of orange nuke
Pixel-axing virgin sketch marks on tongue
And dark tanned vendors with milky-white aluminum utensils
– The omnipresent local candymen –
Parade themselves in the scorching sun
To make the commoner’s mouth water
With a manic explosion of drip-through
As nature’s Popsicle crumbles and demarcates
A lush territory of pink with a spring tide
Of liquid aurum.


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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