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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Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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