The Tenants

The Tenants, Poem

Let’s say.

Let’s say high,
kneeling down,
weeping, lamenting,
while waving
milk-white flags,
the emblem of peace,
praying,

“Give us,
just one chance more
to learn and live”.

Let’s say high,
pray and pledge,
palm on our lungs,
kneeling down.

Yeah, let’s say
high and loud,

“Allow us to live
as tenants, at least”.

 

Newton Ranaweera, March 29, 2020.
Image source: Pixabay

A single wish!

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In a police cell I live today
with fellow criminals
who may know not, as I do,
why we’ve been locked in.

Zoom in tales so horrible
from lonely, dark rooms,
maybe hellish than this cell
that we freely move around.

I see one’s feeble face
illumined with a single hope,
with a dire desire to die,
holding a loved one’s hand,

and with a faint, farewell look.

Copyright © March 28, 2020, Newton Ranaweera
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Fantasy fish

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Craving to own
a fish alone,
begot he as his tool
a mid-day brawl.

His son and woman
bellowing, “Amen,”
butted their neighbours
bereft their armours.

Fate, his faithful mate,
marched, but in haste,
parodying him of a mule
and driving us to school.

Lost he his fight
his terrific sight,
his woman and son
and his single loin;

Oh! for a fantasy fish.

 

Copyright © February 4, 2020, Newton Ranaweera
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Squirrel Mom

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With her wet tail to the shore she runs
To drain sea and save her drowned son;
I see a mother run with her dead son
Seeking mustard seeds from divine men.

With pouring tears back to sea, she runs
To drain sea and save her drowned son;
Mom into her home runs through flames
To avenge red flames that burn her sons.

She runs – to and from sea – she runs
To drain sea and save her drowned son;
A mother cradle on her breasts her twins,
Frightening her restless eyes with pins.

 
Copyright © January 4, 2020, Newton Ranaweera
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Love, Lust & Dust

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This play’s title: Love, Lust & Dust,
Aptly implies a bitter tragedy life is.
With love it begins, an ecstatic start,
And onrushes through complexities
To climax: crazy satiation with illusive lust,
When we dance as crabs in a boiling pot,
Being with all the pleasures drunk,
Not knowing what dread fate is to come next,
And then ends this play curiously heroic
In misery, when everything: love – lust,
Turns to ashes, and at last, to odorless dust.

 

Copyright © January 1, 2020, Newton Ranaweera
Cover Design by Sachin Ranaweera

The most crooked

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An egret wore, milk-like white
and sat still, with eyes down cast,
but shot his devilish, eyeballs out
if a fish ever hugged, his holy feet.

“They may wear milk-like frocks;
necks may grow long like rocks,
but I’ve never, ever seen
fish-gobbling ones, observing sil.”

Soon he drew a heavenly pond, and
enticed and gulped the shoal of fish,
but a crafty crab, sat hiding in the pond
packed that bully into a pond of hell.

He that pecks, antique tree trunks
and honors so high, his crafty work
bows so low, beneath, a banana tree.

 

(An interpretation of Baka Jataka tale, which is a story about an egret that fooled a shoal of fish in a pond and gobbled them all but was fooled by a crab.)

Copyright © December 26, 2019, Newton Ranaweera
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Brawly battle

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Sure, I saw that brawly battle
between a demon and our brain
not truly in the real ground
yet in my devout mind.

Snarled in roaring
black winged, dreary demon
with blood dripping claws,
through a shower of arrows.

Down fell all five weapons
like cotton on demon’s wings,
but boldly fought our brainy lion
with wisdom, his wild weapon.

Fell on his knee dreary demon
like a tamed tigress purring
and promising evils to abandon
and to guard people all around.

Thus, wisdom when weds
loving kindness
shields you, me and all, from
blood-hounding wild demons.

Inspiration from Ven. Maharagrama Ananda’s poem, “Weapon Within” (a poetic interpretation of Panchayudha Jataka tale)

Copyright © December 15, 2019, Newton Ranaweera
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Worn out Cloaks?

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You wash your cloak;
You love your cloak,
And keep it safe
From dust and rust.

But dust and rust
Can creep it in
And dirt your cloak
And wear it out.

Will you save it
or throw it off,
Wear a fresh cloak
And love it more?

 

Copyright © December 8, 2019, Newton Ranaweera
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Blurred Dreams

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Moon walked a step ahead
my mother’s moon, and hare
behind me tip toed
to guard me, and to dismay
creeping and crawling ghosts.

My hare they hunted down,
and highlands and lowlands
they painted on my moon,
blurring my rainbow dream
and leaving me all alone.

 

Copyright © November 24, 2019, Newton Ranaweera
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Return!

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This tragi-comic tale,
or poetry plodding to the wild
and running back to classroom,
is not new but a historical tale
that started with a heroic battle
between reason and emotion,
and Plato, a pseudo rational man,
banishing her into exile, to the wild,
to suffer, repent, purge her emotions
and to come back to classroom anew.

With her three sisters in exile,
an internal battle she did
to oust her emotions
and to be a cool, rational teacher,
yet her lovers wanted her not to smother
but to overflow with emotions,
come back to the classroom
and water us, the ‘withering plants
with deep emotions’.

Grammar Translators then
‘crowned’ her, ‘garlanded’ her
and made her
their Muse,

yet Audiolinguals,
(parrot trainers),
schemed with structuralists
and behaviorists and sent her back to the wild
to suffer
for forty years.

Brumfit, Carter, Long
and Widdowson;
(CLT’s heavyweights)
with Hirvela and Spack,
(writing pedagogues)
defended her;
and her sisters in their case;
and Faulkner, Hanauer and Leggo,
her illustrious sons and daughters,
hold her now high above their head,
yet some, not many, but some,
I still hear,
whisper, “She’s so low”.

Copyright © November 19, 2019, Newton Ranaweera
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Note of Thanks

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Note of Thanks

Tell me
from whom I ought
to begin
to thank all that
that helped to bloom this little
flower of verses
and to share its fragrance of love – leading
to dust through lust, the climax
of all our wanton desires –
with you?
I’ll begin with you, Ven. Ananda,
with folded hands against my forehead,
a
salute of gratitude,
for poetry being my only treasure
and I have no other means to thank you,
and thank you, Shafna and my WordPress fellow bloggers,
for your kind
contribution to bloom this flower.
Now my sons: thank you, Mahesh,
for
the cover design and
sponsorship and you,
Sachith & Sachin,
for personalizing my gross concepts
with concrete images, and
finally, take this garland of love
Prema (mother of my sons) for igniting my
creativity with your love.
Note of Thanks for my second poetry collection: Love, Lust & Dust

 
Copyright © October 9, 2019, Newton Ranaweera
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