Not Just Another Love Poem


You tell me to lose weight and I nod my head
And go for an hour of basketball or for a walk

And I know I’m little a cumbersome around the edges
And a little muffin-topped around the waist

And I tell you now, as solemnly as possible, I’m like a love poem
In the making, like a brown Adonis or Endymion

And I compliment you on your perfect callipygian
And I have no clue why I don’t kiss you there more often

And then I confess, I’m a little sophomoric
Wise with your lips and foolish with my weight

And these are the big words of small stature, I throw at you
Like stones thrown at war, rippling something superficial

And I know when I tell you I’ll lose weight
I will my love. I will emaciate for you.

Until I too am callipygian and the denims I never wear
Cling on to me, squeezing the last water from my glutes

And you always walking two feet behind me
Reading every verse of my beautiful love poem.


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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