Taxidermy

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She had a gold ring
And lilies in her bouquet
And she took the plunge
Down that narrow corridor
Leading to affirmation
in the solemnity of “I do”s

And five hours later
Once a hotel room door opened
They moved in, and she was skinned, stuffed
And displayed before his own two eyes
As his own specimen
Preserved for an eternity

– Her shy awkward body
Was now sculpted to near-perfection –

The taxidermist finally had
A trophy to mount

On walls of memory…

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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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