The butterfly dazzles
And finds her hermitage
On an unruffled leaf
When unforgotten
Are the times when she was chained
And imprisoned until
She came of age

She rises and falls
Flutters, dances and beautifies
An otherwise mundane ambient
And finds a heavenly dose
Of nectar on the base
Of a flower, until she meets
Her nemesis – a bird’s beak
And in that moment
All the glory is lost forever

After all
Any beauty – however spectacular – is transient
Even love that binds and blinds
To one earthly creature
For the very best of things
Are bound by ephemeralities

So little butterfly
Flap your wings and fly away
To “Carpe Diem”


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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