Ugly Poet Joe


The withered poet was gnarled, made to be grotesque, like a skeleton tree
That has no leaf or inflorescence. The man with the baseball cap
Who searches for a jeweled crown to look royal for a day. A coronation day
I might never see in my lifetime or share on my facebook page.

I’m a hobo, a ragamuffin, unlike the oenophiles and connoisseurs
Who know how to age words to perfection – seemingly with a corked eye.
Looking through the subjective glass, to magnify frogs in a blender. Disjointed
Poems that make limby movements on paper. Break dancing in a ballet floor. Doing the limbo in a ballroom.

I’m no ballerina or waltz king. Nor am I a puppet of bards. Avant-garde
Is always a little frog that turns into a handsome prince. And you only need a kiss
From an objective eye, a little magic in ink, abracadabra from a nib.
Like mermaids on a paper-wave wailing to be saved from sea buccaneers.
Not to be looted like languid sloth manatees

And each little diorama is like making bonsai
Little cherry blossom branches sculpted from a little scissors
And exhibited inside a little orchard

Surely spring is not far away.


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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