It is oven-baked – A dough base topped with
Bacon, chicken ham, olives and green peppers
Embedded in a mesh of cheese and the Italians call it pizza
In Sri Lanka it loses the fizz and is called “Pissa” – mad man
And in those mad toppings is a culinary hodge-podge
Symbolic of what is tragically life today
After all, we rarely taste the dough – a person’s inner beauty
We look at the tasteful cheesy toppings
And buy a pizza over the counter, to indulge in raw love-making
And here in this unusual metaphor
Rests garnished bread – that gives us a hearty lesson
That although the topping is merry and tasteful
It is the dough that quenches
Our hunger akin to a heart’s mainstay………
Inner beauty, it seems, masquerades
As love cloaked in Mozzarella-skin


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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