Autumn

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The dark veins and burgundy tapestries
Remind you that fireplaces are burning early at dusk

And a little corridor of time between sunrise and sunset
Is nature’s catwalk, where many line-up

Thinned by abscission, wearing brief frocks,
The anorexic and the plus size in pret-a-porter.

What matters here is not the girth or the number of
Dendroid rings, only what will embellish

A little patch of ground with a crown of foliage
And fall is, where every deciduous leaf

Abscises with a promise to reawake,
To the epiphany of spring.

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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. wordpress.com/

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