First Love (To Sarah)

Window Woman

I knew your span – your whole 5’9 1/2 frame
From the very first prefect’s day book
I knew your whereabouts and telephone number
From the white pages
I knew your smile, your hairstyle
Your hips when you weren’t looking
And I thought I knew everything about you
From a few chance meetings

And I knew nothing
Not even how to pronounce your name
Saarah or Sayrah, it was just a coin-toss
And now I check you out on facebook
To find out you’re a wife and mother

And I only know now – what I didn’t know before
That I didn’t have to know you
To know what love was…


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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.

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