Red Rose

red rose

The pearl of flowers
Concentric rings of petals
That turn titian red.
An oyster of a bud that opens
To beautify a little plot of land.
Lovers’ modus operandi,
Florists’ livelihood
Love’s trail maker,
Perennially embellishing
The little rooms of heart
And bed, to ferry love across
From strips of fiber to strands of coir,
Kindling bed chemistries,
Storming skin tapestries,
Fusing lip, tongue and plumbing
To a little portmanteau
Of hyphened flesh.


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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