Physiognomy

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We judge like Gods
Tall is handsome, fair is beautiful

Lean is sought-after and brown eyes simply maple
We don’t look twice at the dark

Or the generous around the waists
And the thighs, forgetting the shallowness of skin.

Physiognomy is the pear and the apples
The avocado and the lemons

We are only a fruit, an apple in the eye
Yet what perpetuates long after we are gone

Are only the seeds we hide.

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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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