Adolescence

puberty

Between the bone and the boner
Lies tender meat.

Betrayed by metamorphosis
A butterfly emerges to smell the wild flowers
On the side of the road. A boy’s journey
On his crossroad taken.

An eclipse, of how toys grow
Flesh on bone, glow on fat and curves on anatomy
At all the right places
For all the wrong reasons

When a little paper boat
Becomes a hull of flesh
And a beautiful kite, a dazzling frock

When a boy is pushed from a ledge
To embrace his perpetual fall

To the death row
Of counter-immunity.

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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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