The Story of Us


We are the glow, we are the dullness
We are born as rhinoceros beetles, with a unicorn’s horn
On our tips and ledges
We eventually become fireflies

We transform, we metamorphose
We renew our bodies from solitude to solace.

When we molt the unicorn’s horn
And make light pour in from another white-lighter
And we pour that out, as luminescence.

We open windows that become doors.
And doors lead to little rooms.
And when we have lit the room with a bulb
We find a little home that we will
Enter thousands of times more.

And we keep a shoebox inside of us
That collects mementos from every room.
The stolen moments of bliss, of paradise, of medium.

And some doors are always open
They never close.

That is how you know you’re in love.


Published by

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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