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Shirani Rajapakse

Where do we go from here?


A train goes up a train comes

down. We pass in the night. Silence

ricochets through the rooms. You


sit aimless in the corner. The leaves

on the mango tree at the far end of the

garden rustle words to you. The moon stretches


a finger to play with the curtains shivering

in the wind humming through

leaves beyond carrying stories to


you of things happening on the other side of town.

He prepares to leave for another night

of revelry with someone new. The low


growl of a car in the distance then all else is as

it was; still. Even the crickets have

stopped their gossip in shock at what


he did. But does anyone else care? Pools

of warm water break their banks

and flood, washing your face clean yet it cannot


wash away what’s inside. That stays

blocked, the key has disappeared. You

cannot break the lock. The train passes through


the empty station. The lone cat opens a sleepy eye

and yawns. The sounds move in the

night and get lost in the darkness beyond.  



Shirani Rajapakse is a Sri Lankan poet and author. She won the Cha “Betrayal” Poetry Contest 2013. Her collection of short stories, Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award. Shirani’s work appears, or is forthcoming in, Channels, Earthen Lamp Journal, Poets Basement, Spark, Berfrois, Dove Tales, Buddhist Poetry Review, About Place Journal, Skylight 47, The Smoking Poet, New Verse News, The Occupy Poetry Project and anthologies Poems for Freedom, Voices Israel Poetry Anthology 2012, Song of Sahel, Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, World Healing World Peace and Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence. She blogs rather infrequently at