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Her voice embellished
By smile tapestry, her eyes, simply golden maple
Glazed and served on flour pancakes
Her residual ivory skin, the evanescent British colonial blood
Prowling through sheer night shorts
And long-tresses that cascade in swift waves
Descending like a stairway from heaven
A creature that paints my existence
With never-foreseen colors
Her chrysanthemum lip-petals
Budding my mouth and blooming a smile
Her epiphytic body that grows on mine
Her fragrant quill that enwraps mine
– Wood and bark in heaven’s clutch –
As tender as glycerin, as fragrant as cinnamaldehyde
And always as untamed and profuse
As wild cinnamon.


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.

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