Treasure Island

nimal dunuhinga

(19, April,1951 / kalubovila East, Sri Lanka)

A scapegoat's white hope


A sunstroke sunflower yawn in the whirlwind
and a scapegoat scamper with his old wheelbarrow
which is full of manure.
The Master of the field who walks behind his alsatian dog
and the nanny is washing the baby's nappies.
The Landlady in hysterics after the childbirth.
Bees are humming in the morning glory.
Whipping boy hear the rustling of the pale sunflower
and he poured more water & manure to get her closer.

Submitted: Monday, September 04, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, September 01, 2010

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  • Alison Cassidy (9/11/2006 5:30:00 PM)

    This is a charming piece Nimal, written in your inimitable engaging style. I love your 'sunstroke sunflower' and your 'scapegoat scamper' with his wheelbarrow of manure. The images are very unusual and appealing and the structure of the poem excellent. love, Allie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • R H (9/5/2006 8:43:00 AM)

    Wonderful observations, vividly portrayed. Nice work Nimal. Justine (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (9/4/2006 2:31:00 PM)

    Very surreal. The poet soldiers on in spite of all the difficulties. Helen Keller said, 'Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do.'
    Take care, Nimal.

    Kind regards,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • kskdnj sajn (9/4/2006 11:07:00 AM)

    Nimal, a fine write like always... loved the diversity. Thanks, and hope all is well. :)
    xoxo Angie (Report) Reply

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