The hag and the haggard
Was once a piece of meat
A prize cut – the tenderloin
– Tender, succulent and flavorsome –
When expectations reigned over
Her stubborn heart and the man in front
Was always a little too short
A little fat, a little non-intellectual
And now she stands alone
Soaked in die-hard loneliness
Yet appreciative of her solitude
Wilting inside her flower-petal dress
Knowing that the autumn dream
Is only a fragment of the summer fantasy
When her mind is an old shoe box
With scraps of memories and ‘what-if’s
But the heart is still wide-open
And still as strange and wild
As a magician’s hat


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. wordpress.com/

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