Treasure Island

Dilantha Gunawardana


The Scarecrow


A scarecrow
At the center of a paddy field
In the steady February wind
With the arms parallel to the ground
Donning a checkered shirt
And a striped sarong
With limestone lips and chalky eyes
On sun-parched clay
Parting with a sinister aura
To terrify the gathering birds
Yet only managing to evoke torrents of tears
From the crumbling eye sockets
Of a sweet little girl

Submitted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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