Romesh Gunesekera

Romesh Gunesekera was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in North London. He won a major prize in the 1988 Peterloo Open Poetry Competition, and is preparing his first collection of poems.

Two Poems

Romesh Gunesekera, 16 February 1989

Turning Point

My host is a monk on a long journey

from my grandfather’s coast town, exploring

England like I did these last dark ages.

Stopped temporarily in a shared room

we meet on my less noble travels:

discover we are exactly the same age.

At ten I knew I was misplaced;

he, at ten, also made for change.

Twenty yards of saffron robes

captured his boy’s imagination,

while mine...

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