A Conversation

I told my buddy
“hey man, I don’t booze
I don’t believe in pre-marital sex
And I want to sleep with one woman
For the rest of my life”
He looked at me and his face said it all
My life was wasted in his mercurial eyes
He looked at me and said
‘I’ve slept with 9 women
I’ve boozed at hundreds of pubs
I hate Christianity and the myth of God”
And I looked at him
And thought the same line of thought
“What a wasted life”
After all, in this polarized world
We co-exist like a five rupee coin
Heads and tails living on separate sides
One on top and the other bottom-dwelling
Only meeting on the perfect
Perimeter of a circle fence
We win on some verbal battlegrounds
We lose some, and at the end of the day
We are strangers holding each other hostage
To what we cannot understand
Staring at a dark room
With a warning sign
After all, there is nuclear energy
In clouded eyes of incomprehension
And they say it takes only two
For binary fission

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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