There is a lonely leafy tree
On the corner of the front yard

A legume by the vernacular “Kathrumurunga”
Sesbania science tells us

And this tree carries a hefty dose
Of vitamins and minerals, an elixir of sorts

And on top you find the sky branched
Out in to moon-lit boulevards

So many silver crescents falling
Through my iris-sketched pupils

I’m swallowing in millions of moonbeams
How can disease swallow me?


Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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