The Pharisees


Downtown, there are young men
Looking out of the pear-lens
To see the apple of the eye. 
And that pear, that stretches
Every dimension of humanness
Ensures the falling of throngs
To the trendy all-purpose lifestyle of sin.

And we are told today, that while
Pre-marital sex and lying are redundant
Humility and confessionals are the cornerstones
Of a catholic faith that is increasingly
Acquiescent, not caring about that piece of literature
Called the disposable bible.

And while religion dilutes out
There is still the fate of those who accused Mary Magdalene
And nailed Jesus on the cross,
That still look at that ripened apple
With salivating senses.

Oh how blinding can apple orchards be….
For those plucking the religion apple swarming with worms.


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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.

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