Belle

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.

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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. wordpress.com/

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