Mask

woman-in-the-mask

And that lie was not alabaster
Her marbles didn’t fall through cranial cracks
She just wanted to belong like the perfect woman
With tiny peccadillos priming her to imperfection
Yet glowing like a saint only tarnished with warm blood

And that one lie in her past
Carried her like a colorful kite in the wind
Yet her conscience was the kite-runner
Always tugging her, reminding her of the truth

And with time the lie inflated like a spandex bubble
And her lips were sucked in like a vacuum cleaner
To spend the rest of their days
Saving grace in purgatory

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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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