Ephemeral Beauty

Kiss 5

Perhaps I should light a match
And count the number of seconds it lasts.
The ephemerality of most things.

The kiss that blazes and dies
In a flash. The ending of a movie
That opens the waterworks. The
Canvas that your eyes glean
Beauty from.

And there is no picture-perfect
Science to appreciation. You open
The eyes on the out and the in,
To heighten feeling to a vantage point
From where you sponge what caresses
The inner-sanctuary.

A climate that has no weather forecast
Or some fancy prelude
The storm of beauty – the fine art of esotericism
That ravages the human heart
Of malignancies that endure
Beyond a match-stick moment.

In that brief impermanent interlude
You embrace the source
Of the kinetics of beauty

Catalyzing substrate
To aesthesis.


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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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