Old age

An offering of the elastic conscience
Stretched but rarely breaking
Seemingly obese around her waist

And that offering is a portmanteau
Of a nuance of the youngest feeling invented by man
Yet the oldest when you keep heart
And subtract groin, in blissful nuptials
With selfless unconditionality

And like bamboo grass in a grove
Bushing out new shoots
Heart-works are divided and multiplied
In the absence of motive and gain

In the darkest of nights – when parasites are feeding on light
You see moonbeams bouncing off tall yellow islands
The beautiful glow of bamboo wood
Slanting across, curving over a river-bank

Slender culms reaching out
Like pashmina shawls over troubled shoulders


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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