A Text Message and More

Kiss 2

I texted you “have a nice day”
Seemingly lost for other words
– The hackneyed they say has a powerful voice –
And in that morning ritual, I found a little humdrum
Of what is absent yet thought-provoking
What we take for granted – An SMS

And when I see you back again at twilight
As I open the gate and let you in
When your lips is a touchpad
And my lips are the fingers
And a short message is relayed
From lip-convex to lip-concave
From open to closure

And then I wonder whether that ritual
– A peck on the lips –
Is the SMS to making love
– And there’s even an emoticon for that !
But then I look at you
As I see your eyes glimmer with splendor
And the lips searching for more

And then I know
That no SMS can ever replace
A kiss, after all liplock needs no carrier
Or encryption or shortened forms
It evolves in complete chemistry
In bond-formation and release
And holds a moment called touch
When everything else disappears
To an oblivion

And taste basks on the ledge
Of heaven, leaving an aftertaste
Of a perfect Elysium.


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. wordpress.com/

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