A War Mum with a New Born


Gravity-defying stunt
Of how the lap-work cradle
Of a mother, in horizontal transfer,
Makes little waves of sleep
Under an ebony tree.

He sleeps through the sounds
Of night owls and fruit bats
Not knowing the difference
Between the two.

Yet looking constantly out at
The breast that feeds, the child suckles
The nectar, not knowing
The difference between
Right and left.

And through the serpents
In the forest, the moon on the lake
And dawn undressing the gloom
He sleeps, wakes up and suckles
Not sensing any difference

Between a tongue’s sweetness
And a teat’s crippling fear.


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. wordpress.com/

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