Love explained by Science


Its amazing that oxytocin
Is the love hormone, the nurturer
The collector, a philanthropic strain in you.
Science though is in a compound fix
Trying to rationalize love. It is dimension-less
Unit free, absent of measurable-forces,
Lacks both conjecture and hypothesis
Or for that matter proof or conclusion.
It is the perfect mystery
Like many other unexplainable phenomena
Like the holy ghost, placebo effect, deja-vu
Or hangover. It has no physical identity
Except that you burn some 70 calories
When love is combusted at an interface.
It’s a phenomenon no egghead will be able to
To break open through a crusty shell
It is only a dwelling place of awe and boggle.
Still it is justifiable by a little bit of chemistry
– How man and woman are polar and reaction prone -.
And just like sodium and chloride
Man and woman too form a beautiful salt
A preservative that you keep inside a salt shaker
And sprinkle on the marriage bed


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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