If

In that extended passage of time

I stood vindicated of my crime

Handicapped by the pauper’s disease

And by fate and nature’s fees

Tears and sweat were the waters of brine

Preservative of dreams like a lonely fisherman’s line

For the man that is lost to the bearings of love

Sails the seven seas for a woman’s trove

Thieved of destiny, fishing in a gender’s sea

An angler playing roulette, in the wild and the free

A man that was abandoned by all he knew

Of kith and kin, who in time he outgrew

As he awaits alone with no color or dime

Walking down the aisle, as the bride of time

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Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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