Did I cross you too late ?

My barbaric scent of flesh that stenches my body

Mounting what is short-hemmed and cheap…..

I see myself vividly, a mustang on a mirror

Free to roam where lust dictates

Until youth asphyxiated me, at the corner of 40…….


What if we met on the underside of a table 

Etched our names on timber or pasted chewing gum

As juxtaposed mementos…….

And walked away as star-crossed lovers

What if I walked past you down a church nave

Too focused on looking devout

Or perhaps looking down in shame……


What if our paths crossed tomorrow

When you bloom on my retina

And my heart overpowers my body

Will you promise, to keep me away from your bed linen

Until I bloom next to you and claim you as my own

When one rose and one forest flower

Will wilt their vivid petals, together

To a life sentence of love


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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