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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meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist, who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. Dilantha wrote his first poem at the ripe age of 32 and now has more than 1700 poems on his blog. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, Kitaab, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry and Ravens Perch, among others. He was also awarded the prize for "The emerging writer of the year - 2016" in the Godage National Literary Awards, Sri Lanka for his first collection of poems (Kite Dreams – A Sarasavi Publication), while being shortlisted for the poetry prize. Dilantha is a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and Australia, and shares his experiences from two different cultures. He blogs at - https://meandererworld. wordpress.com/

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