Nalini Priyadarshni

Let Us Meet In Sri Lanka

Oh! Let us meet at a beach in Sri Lanka

next time we come around

reckless beneath tropical sun

go skinny dipping among variegated corals

looking for shimmering mermaids and

find ourselves shoal of lyretail instead


Let us quench our thirst with coconut water

untangle miscarried quests from wet hair

discover lifetimes we missed

in crinkles around our eyes

our hearts beating to the rhythm of uddekki

oblivious to the swaying dancers at twilight


Let us ponder the silence between

breaking of nocturnal waves and

greet rising moon with howls of joy

explore crevasses of our longings

in darkness between twinkling stars

lay bare our passion to rustling fronds

of palm lined Unawatuna.


Let us ride edges of breakers at dawn

inhale the saltiness of tides

wearing smiles that only warmth

of true love bring and once

more be at peace with the world

and ourselves, dreaming of no

farther shores nor any distant seas.
(written in collaboration with D Russel Micnhimer)

Nalini Priyadarshni is the author of Doppelganger in My House (2016) and co author of Lines Across Oceans (2015).  Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and international anthologies including Mad Swirl, Camel Saloon, Dukool, In-flight Magazine, Poetry Breakfast, The Riveter Review, The Open Road Review and The Yellow Chair. Her forthcoming publications include Sacred Women in the Anti-violence movement: Anthology and Your One Phone Call.