Hero (Virgin No More)


You fear most things – public places, heights
Good looking people, spiders, geckos and little Centipedes.

You realize that your fear this
You fear that, you fear everything under the sun
You have become fear, only a faint glow
Inside your irises that a lass sees, and an echo
That you hear calling you, like Saul or David
Were once summoned, as your redemption.

Yet it’s not God, or Schizophrenia or the conscience
Nor the Adam’s apple or a ventriloquist
Only a hero searching for his sword
To lay down, at long last, his brass shield.


Published by

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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