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Author: ONDAATJE, MICHAEL
Matches Found: 30


Ondaatje, Michael    Poet's Biography
30 poems available by this author


A GENTLEMAN COMPARES HIS VIRTUE TO A PIECE OF JADE    Poem Text    
First Line: The enemy was always identified in art by a lion
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


ALL THOSE POETS AS FAMOUS AS KINGS'    Poem Text    
First Line: A woman who journeys to a tryst


BEARHUG    Poem Text    
First Line: Griffin calls to come and kiss him goodnight
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


BURIED    Poem Text    
First Line: To be buried in times of war
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


BURIED 2    Poem Text    
First Line: We smuggled the tooth of the buddha
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


BURNING HILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: So he came to write again
Subject(s): Memory; Writing & Writers


DRIVING WITH DOMINIC IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCE WE SEE HINTS OF THE       
First Line: The tattered hungarian tent
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


FLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: In the half-dark cabin of air lanka flight 5
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Air Travel; Ceylon


HOUSE ON A RED CLIFF    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no mirror in mirissa
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


KING KONG MEETS WALLACE STEVENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Take two photographs
Subject(s): King Kong; Stevens, Wallace (1879-1955)


KISSING THE STOMACH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Kisses; Love


LAST INK    Poem Text    
First Line: In certain countries aromas pierce the heart and one dies
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


NINE SENTIMENTS (IX)    Poem Text    
First Line: An old book on the poisons
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


STEP    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The ceremonial funeral structure for a monk
Subject(s): Funerals; Monks; Sri Lanka; Burials; Ceylon


THE BROTHER THIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Four men steal the bronze
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Religion; Robbery; Ceylon


THE CINNAMON PEELER    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were a cinnamon peeler
Subject(s): Love


THE DISTANCE OF A SHOUT    Poem Text    
First Line: We lived on the medieval coast
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE FIRST RULE OF SINHALESE ARCHITECTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Never build three doors
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE GREAT TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Zou fulei died like a dragon breaking down a wall
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE MEDIEVAL COAST    Poem Text    
First Line: A village of stone-cutters. A village of soothsayers
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE NINE SENTIMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: All day desire / enters the hearts of men
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE SIYABASLAKARA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the 10th century, the young princess
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: For his first forty days a child
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


THE TIME AROUND SCARS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A girl whom I have not spoken to
Subject(s): Scars


TO A SAD DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: All night long the hockey pictures
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


TO ANURADHAPURA    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dry lands
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


WELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The rope jerked up
Subject(s): Sri Lanka; Ceylon


WELLS II    Poem Text    
First Line: The last sinhala word I lost
Subject(s): Language; Childhood Memories; Farewell; Loss; Water; Words; Vocabulary; Parting


WHAT WERE THE NAMES OF THE TOWNS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Driving & Driving; Love


WOMEN LIKE YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: They do not stir
Subject(s): Love