Sickness comes in many forms
Like when one is travelling on a bus – the journey maker’s sickness
When strange creatures are found in the tummy
Even monsters jumping out through the esophagus
Nauseating and wetting the giddy traveller
Then there is morning sickness – as a journeying woman
Travels from lover to mother, co-conspirator to custodian
Bloated cell by cell, vessel by vessel, emotion by emotion
– When in one heartbeat lies the beauty of creation
And in one gender rests a mystery in anticipation –
Until flood water crumbles through a dyke
And moistens the sweetest places of the expecting heart
And then there is a third kind of sickness
That comes in the longest journey known to man
When a vow seemingly innocuous and trite
Cultivates the greatest sickness known to mankind – eternal love
When the same butterflies that buzzed around
On the church alter and the honeymoon bed
Flutter away to faraway meadows – to fortify one feeling
As you feel forever nauseated in affection
And sporadically feverish in passion
When all one can do is to puke one kiss
Down the gutter of her homely lips.

Wedding Dress


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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