Ardha (Half)

Four months ago, on April 1st 2019, an award winning Sinhala writer Shakthika Sathkumara was arrested under ICCPR Act enacted in 2007 to give effect to certain provisions of the United Nations multilateral treaty...


I am the wind;
Magical nymph;
Spider web;
Or, a plant grown
in defiance of Time;
Flower that has sucked

Get customized to laugh

When there’s chance,
To the, extent possible,
We will laugh aloud.
Pressure that arise in between
The day of the flower of liberty’s
Maturity to the day of its fruition
Will kill us; we would have

I am not a Sri Lankan

For crossing passages
I have a visa
as Israelis passport
in the hands of Palestinians.

For going past the ‘Checkpoints
I possess an identity card

Do not forget us

Moist of the moon yesterday
Exist not - in the moon today
Nor life in flowers, scent in 'em neither
None able to break in a smile either...

Aftermath war mind is:
As still as a graveyard, rammed;

The bird that beseeched the prison

In a night
that was filled with
silence and rain
the hunters reached  the nest
and captured that bird.

For them......

The Killing of Shambukas*

Jim Crow segregated hostel rooms.
Ceiling fans bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the books
and blood on the papers,

Black body swinging in mute silence,
Strange fruit hanging from tridents.


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  • JDS is the Sri Lankan partner organization of international media rights group, Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The launching of this website was made possible by the EU’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), of which Reporters Without Borders is a beneficiary.