Kingfisher

Woman 4

She hears the rain patter like
No tomorrow and she sees
The blooms of hibiscuses, as yellow as a big canary
On a children’s TV show.
She smells the aroma of a cup of tea
And sips the ginger tea to ward off a bout of flu.
And she looks at the blue bird in the garden,
A kingfisher on a bending branch,
And wishes for the scrupulous eye to see through
The surface of water, to taste her bounty,
Swimming with no care in the world.
And all she wants is to remind herself
To feel for a fleeting eternity, the purchase
Of a lifeform that clings onto her,
Like a pair of lips, gripping another,
Squirming in sheer delirium.

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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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