Dilantha Gunawardana

Slum Dog Debonair - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

In the corners of run-down ghettos
On gentrified urban zones
In the periphery of marginal lands
Where miasmic vapors stench
The human civilization
Lies a child staring at a garbage dump
The torso infected with mosquito bites
And insect saliva
The skin coated with a film of dirt
In a ragged pair of shorts
Perforated by a bevy of ventilation apertures
Staring at a throng of promising opportunities
A disposed t-shirt or a pair of denim jeans
A leftover cap or grated sneakers
A potpourri of dreams brewing
In his tiny temple
As he gazes at the citadel of waste in front
A slum-dog extraordinaire
Awaiting his metamorphosis
To a slum-dog debonair
Of the sordid wasteland

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A poem on the dreams of a beggar child

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 11, 2013

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