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Published May 1st, 2023
Poetry Contest #16 – Second Place
by Migel Jayasinghe
(Purley, Surrey, England, United Kingdom)
Cotton wool-clouded sky adorns the morning
assumes at mid-day an azure, uniform blue.
Foliage of trees, green, planted lovingly close
fondle, stroke, and embrace their nearest neighbors.
Bushes pruned sparsely to form smooth geometric shapes
shade a row of wooden seats, prompting residents
to sit and cogitate over their existentialist state.
Among the passerine birds, the sparrow prevails
building nests freely, in the sprawling urbanizations.
They squabble without rancor as the sunset approaches
perched on bougainvillea, high up on the terrace
feeding nestlings with the choicest titbits.
Nature – flora and fauna, share a pleasing habitation
as a crimson night sky heralds the day's termination.
Migel Jayasinghe: Qualified in Psychology (BA Hons) and Occupational Psychology (M.Sc.1982). Started as a Research Assistant at the Industrial Training Reseach Unit, Cambridge (1973-74). Was Occupational Psychologist with the Educational and Occupational Assessment Service in Lusaka, Zambia (1975-78). Higher Psychologist with the Manpower Services Commission, UK (1981-95). Senior Occupational Psychologist at Royal British Legion Industries (1996-2001). Since school days, hobby has always been creative writing (memoir, fiction, poetry).
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