A witty story
Sri Lankan 11 year-old Rusiru Kodithuwakkuhas written an entertaining
book of poems. we carry below a review of the book by Mike Jenkins.
On March 19th at a monthly Open Mic. Poetry evening organised in the
town of Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, 11 year-old Rusiru Kodithuwakku
read his poems to a packed and delighted audience.
I knew then that he was a special talent. Not only did he perform
with such assurance and maturity, but he also entertained the crowd with
poems like ‘Ten Things Found in Buzz Aldrin’s Spacesuit’, a poem he had
actually presented to the famous astronaut.
At the launch of his book of poems and stories entitled ‘My Universe’
ten days later he read with equal aplomb to an even larger audience.
I have little doubt that Rusiru will go on to achieve greater things
as a writer, if he continues to develop and show a willingness to learn.
His book displays a wide-ranging vocabulary and a great knowledge of
science and space especially, yet he never uses this for its own sake,
only to lift off his imagination like a rocket bound for all kinds of
His poetry usually deploys rhyming couplets and I’m sure he will try
to use other more adventurous forms in future, as he has a great variety
of approach, from an A-Z poem to one consisting entirely of similes :-
As violent as a gun,
As scorching as the evening sun’
Making couplets sound natural not forced is a difficult task , yet
one he manages to succeed in doing on most occasions.
I admire his willingness to experiment, for example there’s a shape
poem about football and others which soar into space yet are grounded by
humour such as ‘My shoes took control of me’ :-
They started to ignite,
Then took me into space,
They took me past many stars,
I was flying, this was ace.’
The stories are equally blessed with a rich imagination, particularly
‘ The Mouse Who Travelled Through Time’, which combines his enthusiasm
for animals and space travel.
It’s a very witty story, where the hero – an extremely clever mouse –
ends up travelling back in time on his own time machine to meet Buzz
‘ Then the mouse became the first of his kind to do a spacewalk. They
wandered about for a while and then suddenly they witnessed the biggest
type of explosion in space : a Hypernova!’
Rusiru can also write very effective descriptive verse and ‘That
Flowing River’ illustrates his love of language with all its sounds and
The river riots against the rocks
It streams so fast it blows your socks
The river rages as the wind strikes hard
Water shatters resembling glass shards.’
My Universe’ is a book bursting with the joys of words and
imagination. Rusiru possesses what we call in the Welsh language ‘hwyl’,
a true passion in both verse and fiction. Reviewed by Mike Jenkins.