Circus 2


I look at the caterpillars and millipedes
Industrious and graceful, in perfect synchrony

Like a ballet with 100 people and all
The little ballerinas are flawless in execution.

And fate, who like a circus master
Has so many whips, and you’re whipped at home

In the office, driving in the car and life
Is a cracked mirror and every one of the broken faces

Stare at you, at your many pieces, that are
Clear as glass yet as opaque as doubt

It seems the caterpillars and the millipedes
Have perfect synchrony in them and fate doesn’t

Otherwise life would be perfect. Wild animals making
Jumps through hoops, trapeze artists dancing in the air

And clowns doing handstands. Still my circus
Is not like that, it’s far from perfection and the whip

Marks have become tattoos with time, inescapable
Marks of endurance. So I try like an elephant

Riding a monocycle, cycle the only toy I call my own.
A woman, my wife, who takes me from the cruel circus

From the cages of my minds. Taking me to a perfect wilderness
A flawless place only we know. To graze some desire grass.

To bathe in lusted water holes. To make love.


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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