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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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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