Colombo, Jaffna, Poetry, Reconciliation

Extra Time

The latest news
from the family-run,
once independent island,

is the appointment
of a presidential committee
to decide upon which

recommendations to adopt
regarding the erstwhile
ethnic question, which

has been subsumed
into the unitary enterprise
of the war-fighting, now

North and East-occupying,
government dedicated
to paying appropriate attention

to the international human
rights lobby and European
and American states.

Nothing like a committee
to push the football away,
like the many formed

and dissolved
in the past without
achieving laws,

but which gained time
for the family
to work and play.