Self-Portrait

Self Portrait

Mirror image turned left to right
Of the waist and above.
The clarity of nomadic sight
Brushstrokes of immortalization
Of taking the mortal dimensions
And nuances, and making
A man, not just a man – A trompe de l’oeil.
The chin-character and the lip-bloom
And an articulation
That surpasses the adjective-prone noun.
The perfect alibi of a time-embedded
Proof. A DNA chiseled occupancy
Between fire and smoke.
Of what the eyes gather in abundance
And glean on halved light
To sell to the beholder, a blunted truth
In brush-stroked fiction.

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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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