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


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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