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Ro Gunetilleke


Sun Valley, CA, US

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A Sisyphus Story


Ro Gunetilleke

"Sad is the man who is asked for a story
and canít come up with one"

- from a poem by Li-Young Lee

I wonít fold it
like a leaf of parchment,
crisp creased,
licked and enveloped.

I wonít roll it
like an ancient scroll,
waxed and sealed.

I will crumpleit
like an un-erasable thought
from a spiraled spine.

Crumple, until the words collapse
in each otherís arms,
crumple, until the scars on my palm
imprint the melding pulp,

then, I will toss it
over the edge,
and watch it
roll and roll.



Ro Gunetilleke

What is a brother's place in a family? To a younger brother or sister, he may be a guide to help traverse the complicated path of growing up. To an older brother, a little brother may be seen as a tag along and pain in the neck. As much as siblings squabble when they are young, this is not a sign that they do not love each other. Most siblings would lay down their life for each other. As children grow up they usually find it easier to get along and relate to each other in rewarding ways.