The Chinese Girl


I remember wanting to kiss you
Not knowing what a first-kiss could mean
Like a hatched turtle not knowing
The slap of the tide and the surf
On frothy mountain tops, salting to time

Why we can’t kiss now – or ever
Is because my yearning-lips were airlifted
To a different land – a forgotten place
That grew familiar each day
And now I’m a self-confessed local
Gleefully slapping my lips on Willard mangoes
And making a circus out of fleshy rambuttan

And that kiss – our portmanteau
Was lost to time, sunken inside memory-trenches
With little hope to rise again
My lips were now fattened with kisses
Obese as ripened mangoes and hairy rambuttan
That the season brought

And your kiss sometimes appears
Rising through the dough of a fortune cookie
Or in the bite of a Chinese gooseberry
In a glimpse of lychee-rinds wallpapering your lips
Or a scoop of a noodle in a Laksa soup

Only for deja-vu to grip me…

Like we’ve kissed in a dream


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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