We drive the Lamborghinis
And yet we marry the Volkswagens

The giant spherical headlights
The curve of the hood, open cleavage on top.

The arching bottom and a pouted front.
And a strangeness that never depreciates with time.

It’s all about beetle mania. About an ageless
Car that everyone wants that I keep in my bedroom.

And I drive her not like a Lamborgini
No finesse or smoothness, just the metallic

Parts making noises, you don’t understand
But serenades your ear-parts to a music like no other.

And she ages with grace, with a little
Coat of red all over, calling desire

To all that she promises – a slow joy ride to eternity.
The lady-bird with wings as wheels

Taking you to places you’ve never been before.
Destinations you don’t want to leave behind.

You don’t just marry curves. You take all the winding
The meandering, the arcs, and put them all together.

Every slanting line is a curve, sculpted, welded
To be perfected by a pair of manly lips

When moments of nothingness erect mileposts
To a fine map of little glories, in chemical bonding.

To where the heart has no power. Only drag.


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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.

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