Canon in D Minor

Daniela & Frank's Gorgeous Cambridge Mill Wedding, Anne Edgar Photography
Daniela & Frank’s Gorgeous Cambridge Mill Wedding, Anne Edgar Photography

When I listen
To Canon in D minor
I am transformed in history
To a woman who made me realize
That marriage, although not a mainstay
In 21st century society,
Will always be the canon
Of love. The wanderer’s flame
Searches for a thread to flare up
And to let a piece of music
Carry her down a nave and isle
So tenderly like Aladdin’s mat
Had transformed into a pair of heels.
And she was dazzling
And everything stood irrelevant
Except a little ring on a finger
And a vow for eternity
And Pachelbel carried her
Into my arm, and let her
Trespass on my lips. And now
She dances to my music
And I to hers, and this canon of ours
Solvates every God-given fabric
– Muscle, tendon and ligament –
Transcending melting points
Liquefying bliss.


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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