I’m a scientist
Bridging theory with practice
The quadrants of Bohr
With that of Edison and in-between Pasteur
I draw shapes of bacteria
Sketch filaments of fungi and Anabaena
And fill hovering mind-spacecrafts
With some wondrous jet-fuel
And in my quest to be practical – and empirical
I was 37 and single as a unicellular amoeba
With a genome dream many times larger
Than my six foot frame
Or my 120 kg weight

And that woman of outer-composure
And inner-wild stood as heavens doorway….

I still lingered on in science
Until I realized proof of life was worthless
And just when it was impractical to be practical
I fell in love


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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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