To The One That Never Was


You the apple in the grape orchard
That chews a part of me


Like the lost wreck below many nautical miles
That holds a finder’s treasure
Ingots of carats that could make me exalt in joy
Or surrender in a kiss

And you, in the fogged and misted orchard
Who holds the aspirations of my lips
The lass, who lingered never to become an antique
Who still makes a curio, a sought-after object
To the collector’s eye

And you, who were overridden all your life
Even vetoed from choice, I tell you this…..

Still your music leaves an unassailable presence
The autumn hears you too well

And the apple magnifies
Right in front of my eyes.


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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