Child Abuse 3


Innocence is a diamond.
What was molded deep in the uterine mines
And opened to the world
With cut and finesse
With a ubiquitous shine.

Yet diamonds are tainted with
Blood. Irises that were painted with genes,
Tainted with touch, with a felon’s handprint.

And still, a leviathan redeems himself
By painting rainbows on a rainy day
Under an overcast sky
Gloomed with guilt.


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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