Iraqi Freedom

We’ve seen beauty. We’ve seen the dazzling.
The bedazzling. The outright breathtaking.
And we’ve seen a bomb kill throngs of children.

And we still search for a magical portion
Or a magic wand. We look below at wishing wells.
We open bottles with genies.
Searching for a quick fix to beauty.

Beauty is found when one heart, who is nothing like another
Sees something in the other. A little armistice
That beautifies all frailties of our own humanity.

Beautiful is the Baghdad Market filled
With Muslims and Christians.
Faces painted in olive complexion
Extending a cheek, a kiss, a branch.

Beautiful is how the endless azure sky
In the backdrop of the Tigris

Keeps the gods away


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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