The Priest and the Nun


The night blanketed in an autumn chill
Leaves treading lightly to the soil’s fill

Patches of burgundy amidst skeletal maples
Rustling and rocking to the fall mistrals

The moon pries from her heavenly perch
At a lass sitting outside an archaic church

The night juvenile sprouting of desire
For her heart is a lantern kindled by fire

She sits on a bench amidst carpets of foliage
The rouge of her lips silent yearning for her stage

A reclusive hideout nestled on holy soil
Amidst the prowling eyes as tombstones toil

Her soul a mustang tempestuous and bold
Her heart a bonfire flagrant amidst the perpetuating cold

She walks with a compass fixed to her meridian
To the true north of a prince with portals obsidian

She could see his hearth through the lucid glass
Of a noble soul enamored with his only lass

She stood still like a seed waiting for the advent of spring
To germinate a love as perfect as a ring

The night flustered as footsteps were nigh
As a boy appeared from the shadows nearby

As sprightly moonbeams prostrated to the call of gravity
Her succulent chambers were embellished with charity

A kiss lingered on, four lips in a mushy clasp
As nostrils searched for vitality, naked and agasp

As on a lonely churchyard by a maple forest
Two robes disheveled to unfold a love in her rarest


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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