A Valentine’s Day Poem 2


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The empires we built
With hand, heart and lips

And the one room we couldn’t fill
With the confluence of my little passengers
To your little planets

And in our twilight we will look back
Fondly at our crumbling exteriors
And wonder why
A little tumbling ball of cells
Was beyond any sky or ocean

And I will look at you with shame
Knowing I lighted all your rooms with little bulbs
And still see my ashes

Knowing I couldn’t hang
A string of fairy lights in your heart
Nor drown the moon in your uterus


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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