Jaffna Children 1

Jaffna Children 2

And in Jaffna’s limestone soil
Where chalk appears as jewels next to the black board
So brilliant, they make light traverse
A great divide.

Here children, who were too young for war,
Weather the storms and come up on
The other sides like tiger sharks
Who carve through destiny’s waters
With fins made of steel

And how beautiful is education
Those light rods that light up the midnight
Sky of a blackboard, waiting to be plucked
By little minds, like the apples of Hesperides
That immortalizes the treasure,

Of what it is, to be disengaged
From ignorance.


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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