Strange Foreign Beauty

Strange you are

Like the Samaritan woman

Your kindness that pacified my tender womb

Fluttering with colorful butterflies

And gravitated my wretched heart

You, the strange foreign beauty

Who ushered in an undying patience

Holding my fingers like a cradle in your palms

Until I slithered away, in panic and awe

Where coyness and fear ambushed the boy in me

The boy who gazed beyond your eyes

Where lay a beautiful colony of soul

And ran away as fast as he could

To a comforting cocoon where he belonged

Beneath the pupal case, within his own hymen

With no wings to fly to heaven


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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