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LOOKING FOR A THEME FOR A POEM

 


LOOKING FOR A THEME FOR A POEM

 

-         Kamala Wijeratne (Sri Lanka)

 

My mind drifts around

Looking for a theme

For a poem

And end in reflection

Shall I write on

Simple mundane things

My home

My family

My garden

My neighbourhood?

 

Or the weather

The rain that relentlessly fall.

Every day

Causing floods

Landslides

And

Numberless deaths?

 

Or something profound

Like the war

Between Russia and Ukraine

Between Hamas and ISRAEL

Of blood and torn flesh

Of newly born and unborn

Mangled and twisted in death?

 

None of those

But the daily war of life

Of human hands gouging out life from the earth

Of skinny women in street corners

At midnight vending their wares

Of children with their palms open foe the unwilling coin

 

I will write about them.

 

 

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