Rice Bonds


How beautiful is it to gaze at boundless fields
Filled with harvests. Golden grains of paddy
On top of a shatter-proof peduncle.
A true wonder of biology pyramided inside granaries
To fill large gunny sacs for transportation.

And far away in Colombo, a little child
Feeds a gecko with a rice grain
Perforating the end of a coconut eakle
While the mother feeds the child.

A rice grain is the chalk
That scripts narrations of satiety
And playfulness. Of a little child
And a gecko, whose hunger have evaporated.
A sticky little grain that bonds
Mother with child and child with gecko
In an instant when all is forgotten
Except the taste of a little Basmati snowflake
Churning inside the mouth

All you have are the fecund fields
Of your rapturous heart, to cultivate
Little grains of memories

To feed a lifetime.


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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