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Swarnapali Liyanage

Give me it back!

Forbiddings bind me at age
Hope me to be ripe in discipline
My golden childhood beloved
was carefree realm, dawn of life
Flying a kite ran all over meadow
On granny's cuddly lap I listened tales
Hoping at gate dad's coming from work
Dreamed hugging a doll
while mom rocked me to sleep
I yearn those cherished memories back
No matter how much they cost
Behind church in a secret cave
shared our sweets among girls
Hid in attic from grandpa's cane
Gleaned fingerling at near by book
Plucked wild flowers for her vase
at backyard thicket with mom
Take my wealth and reputation all
Give me precious childhood back again

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Ode to Cinderella

In the glaring sun on the melting sand
She marches from near by souk
Pushing a shopping cart to noble palace
Where she slaves for the day and night
As usual pulling air into empty lungs
Agape mouthed open eyed
At a hot summer noon
Nightmares of life 'Cinderella' dreams

She gifts fake legs to loving soul mate
Lost his legs in a minefield
Delays father's death swallowing by a cancer
She dives into the sea in search of elixir
Lights lavender candles on mother's tomb
Before she bore in mind died in a flood
Sends three brothers back school again
She wants to give them what she missed in life
Smiles like a heroine murmurs to herself
Wiping sweat off 'Cinderella' sighs

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