Saturday, 7 December 2013


And to that other receptacle 
of karmic mendicancy
life tosses alms
wholesome and detracting 
and we receive
or place the downturned hand
in courteous refusal
for some of us are children
and some ancient too
the karmic callousses in sole
and other marks of mind
will testify
of give and take 
and balance sheet
the how-far-we've-come
the how-much-more-to-go
we cannot read 
but must try:
kumatada kusalata kammeli vanne?*

* Is there reason then for procrastination

[Inspired by the photography of Chandana Wijesinghe]

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