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


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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