Girl Next Door

I saw rainbows around your eyes

And pink skies on your cheeky hemispheres

I could see your glittering sequin sari

Embellished with loops of embroidery

I gazed at your pitch black hair fall like a waterfall from heaven

And your forehead adorned with a crimson moon

I saw everything I had failed to see before

Yet from somewhere deep within my lustful heart

I searched beneath your masquerade 

Quelling every inch of woman in you

To appease a quivering heart

With an ounce of familiarity


Published by

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.

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