Forever Brown


I look in at the beauty of many poems
That wail human emotions
Knowing I can climb the sacred mount.
It is not the distance between heartbreak
And despair that cries louder, only what lies between discrimination
And struggle. A brown man with sooty eyes
And a jaded heart, lurks in every good man’s conscience,
The hideout of his righteous soul.
Browning little tapestries of sugar into caramel.

And like the trumpet of Dizzie Gillespie
I shout louder than the whale calf
Slaughtered by the trawlers. Remembering
How long it took Dizzy to climb
The holy mount. Through the shadow of Miles
He labored, through trail-less landscapes and blind thickets,
Until he was on top of the mountain.
And through the guillotine of subjectivity
The electrifying movements will go on
To my own humble heights.

It takes a black man or a shade of brown,
To take heartache – Like Dizzy – and make it
Into soul sounds.

Perhaps even a dish of soul food.

Some Hoppin’ John, If I may.


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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