Fortune Cookie in Sri Lanka

fortune-cookie

Here in Sri Lanka
Every meal is served with a fortune cookie
When we lick off the leftover rice
Off our curry-gravied fingers and we serve
A scoop of curd and a draping of coconut treacle, as dessert
Knowing that your soul-mate and life-accomplice
Is the only fortune cookie
The heart aches for……..

When two creatures are
Intimacy-bonded as sticky-dough
As indulgingly sweet as brown sugar
As harmonious as Vanilla beans
In one pod and as thick as Ali-Baba
And the 40 thieves, when one word “sesame”
Opens a cave stacked with one treasure
And that in itself is one beautiful aphorism

That a verse printed on a piece of paper
And scribbled by signature
– Seemingly a coupon to love making –
Is as unyielding as Adamantine
Imperishable in clause and condition
And love they say is the co-valent chemistry
Between two lopsided creatures
Etched inside a palpitation chamber
And preserved in affection-bond
Where fortunes rise
From inside the dough of eternity.

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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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