Owl Poetry & Prose

A Jagged Coconut


The manna came down hard on the bare coconut

Splitting it along a jagged line in the centre

It’s supposed to be straight

The water dripped through the clinging fibres onto the ground

The water is usually drunk or used to cook

Today it was being soaked by the parched soil

I put the blade of the manna in between the two halves

And pried them open

White inside


The edges were still sharp though – split and broken – hard to hold

I was getting it ready for the scraper

Scrape to make pol sambol with?

Onions, chillies, lime, maldive fish, garlic, pepper, salt, chilli powder

A mix of many things and a beautiful result

A jagged coconut can still bring forth

A thing of beauty

Once the pain of its jaggedness is past



Meet Lilanka
“what is meant to be comes about of what one does”.
An eclectic personality with a penchant for creativity, Lilanka is an old soul who loves life, laughter and stepping off the beaten track. She finds joy in nature, travelling and venting her existential frustrations via her writing while calming her body with food and her soul with music. Her motto is – “what is meant to be comes about of what one does”.
A collection of eclectic expressions from life according to Lilanka Botejue. From her creative outbursts and passionate views to her love for nature, food, music and archaeology, Owl Muses is an attempt to capture these moments in time.
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