Beauty and beast

Belle answered the call
Of two banished lips. Beast was
Just a furry body of sprouting tendrils
That transformed the skin-deep.

[A kiss, a kiss, my fur for a kiss]

It seems Beast just wanted Belle
To see the man behind the mask.

A prince in a body-suit who
Always had a beautiful heart
Beneath layers of fur.

Sometimes it takes a leap of faith
To look through the ugly oyster shell
To find beautiful deposits of nacre.

Ugly is just the heart’s imperfection
A cataract lens tuned to human blemishes
Fogged from sight, a rare beauty
Of a heart worthy of love

Belle was just a courageous girl
Who blew a kiss with her heart wide open
Emboldened by the beauty of his heart
To unveil the prince behind the mane

Who will soon become
The only heir to her body.


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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