Life On Earth


In Costa Rica, on a sea of flamingoes float the souls
Of a million crustaceans, exoskeleton-crushed
Death ushered by the iron-clutch of beaks.

Dozens of Atlantic salmon swim to the endless currents
In tide formations, unknowing
Of the abyssal depths below their fins.

And on the Hikkaduwa beach, countless turtles
Dawdle to the merciless ocean, deceptively tranquil
And notoriously vengeful, to respond to fate’s call.

On land, a herd of elephants, plod past thickets of wild cinnamon
Through a conservation corridor, hope afloat,
At finding a water hole to quench their thirst.

While in the African savannah, a cheetah’s heart nears explosion,
At the brink of shatter, in the chase of
A wildebeest, battling palpitation, weariness
And the extinction game.

And beneath such vicissitudes of life,
Below a silicate mantle, a Guttenberg discontinuity and the nickel-iron core,
Atlas lies curved in spine, knees apart, palms aloft,
Scapula and clavicle locked to perfect congruence
Holding a ballerina in planetary motion.

As earth, with turquoise tights on
Dances spellbound to a perfect syndrome
Of circadian pirouette.


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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