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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Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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