Tuskagee

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From above the Alabama soil
There were stories that were calling
Out louder than the crispy
Noise of peanuts, crunched on teeth,
While the bones beneath still remember
The touch of the bush, the leaf and the caress
When there were corvid-shades everywhere
Making a racket on the need of the hour,
To be colorblind, when there were always
Whispers that grafted a black Leonardo
From beneath gender-free plains,
How the legend of a peanut farmer filled the plates
And hearts of the great south with ease.
How absolutely little it takes to alternate,
Crop, color, even gender and perhaps personality.
There are more hybrids than pure-bred lines
In a world caught up in labels and innuendos,
Just like the peanut on the tip
Of the peg, growing to be that proud fruit
That destiny could never erase or absolve
From the pages of an open heart,
And still closed like a shelled goober,
To the harsh decree of time.

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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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