A Smile

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We smile at strangers
Wanting reciprocation, wishing courtesy
A smile is easy
When the heart skips
And the gait fleets
And your anchors are
In their resting places

And sometimes we
Are gravity-nurturers
Cradling the murk and the gloom
When a smile is seemingly
An anti-anthesis
Feigned in haste, in drudge
A meniscus of pretense
Of unfluidish curve

A smile after all
Will always be, a battlefield
Of botox and bloom

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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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