Truth and Lies, Feces and Words

The only truth that leaves the human body
Is digested food and throngs of bacteria
And that they call “feces” and all the half-truths which come out
Of the other end are measured, analyzed and explained
In volumes of dictionaries and thesauruses
And that forms the lexicon of lies
After all the human existence is based
On the unswallowable and the undigestable
Lies which are parceled in wrapping-paper
And presented as tokens and presents
And in those moments, the man within comes out
To perjure in that court of law called the conscience
And when that sanctum is eroded to emptiness
There is nothing else to fight for
Except the residue of a man who stretches the truth
Until it bursts, and in that defining moment
The liar becomes just like the anus – a truth funnel
And the putrid truth can be found excreted
And the mouth needs a good washing
To cleanse her of her shame

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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