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Category: Prose & poetry

Nothing beats a Mother’s Love

I’m sharing this poem as today is my mother’s birthday! I am dedicating this poem to my mom and all the loving mothers out there who gave up their won comforts for their kids. Nothing beats a mother’s love. I wonder how someone can be so selfless? To wish for the best of others only To give up your dreams so that others can follow theirs I wonder how someone can be so hopeful? That hoping only the best will happen to others While they are battling against all odds in the society I wonder how someone can be...

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A House without a Chimney

It was the year 1964. The time I was spending in the city, with my ex-husband before our divorce, did no good to me. I thought moving out from the city and living in a totally different environment would help me to distract myself and gradually, heal the wounds of my heart. I found an old house in this little isolated town of Georgiana and started living there all alone, with a small amount of money I had been saving. I was going through a traumatic rough patch. The dissolution of the marriage had unleashed a flood of consequences...

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A Sonnet for Mother Lanka

During a creative writing workshop I got the chance to learn the form of poetry, “Sonnet” (or sonette). Probably you have already read Shakespeare’s famous sonnet “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The basic rules of writing a sonnet are as follows (please note this is not a complete guide for writing a sonnet, but you can certainly try writing one by following these tips). 1. You should write 4 verses. Three verses with 4 lines and the last/fourth verse should have only 2 lines (altogether it must consist of 14 lines). 2. The third verse should change the direction of the poem (a twist or conflict). 3. It must be written in one of various standard rhyme schemes. 4. The last verse should summarize and leave the reader with a new, concluding image. The below given poem was the outcome of an exercise I did in the workshop. This was written by me and Debora (another participant of the workshop), where I wrote every other line and she wrote the rest of the lines. The rhyme scheme we followed is, A B A B C D C D E F E F G G Here is the sonnet we wrote (you might think it’s a very political poem, yes, it is). Oh Sri Lanka, How wonderful you look I’ve slept in your breast, I felt your...

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Mermaid in Love

I love rhyming words. I love mermaids. The poem is a combination of the love for both. The image is a photograph of a wall painting in the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Redeem her love her wildest dream The mermaid in love will swim upstream And will sing under creamy moon beam While sea stars dance with team sea...

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The Memory Box

Here’s my short story published in the Write To Reconcile Anthology II. I wrote the first few pages of ‘The Memory Box’ during the Write to Reconcile workshop. The story is based on the experiences I gathered throughout the workshop in Batticaloa. Sri Kanthi couldn’t tear her eyes away from the shining earrings and bracelets, the bright colours of the outfits worn by the group of young ladies who were visiting the convent. Their earrings had many dainty parts like mini chandeliers, unlike the traditional big, gold earrings her Amma used to wear for kovil. Amma had a pair of...

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