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”


Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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