Yesteryear’s Hibiscuses

Holding Hands Sea Relationship People Happiness
Holding Hands Sea Relationship People Happiness

Memories, like dried petals
Of hibiscuses inside pages of a book
Preserved in layers of myelin

And when the book is opened time to time
You could see the petals of yesteryear, the pollinators
That perched on the nectar trails
And the pollen they all carried

Still look love, you’re here with me,
The flower that never graced,
The interior of the book but became the pages,
Of my life story, the custodian of my future.

You are the cup of tea I sip to forget
How to remember, to be estranged from my past,
Page-dried memories, no longer arousing any feelings.
Migration, that love-compassed, displacement
Of space and time, became my antidote to removing
The slender thorns from my eyes

The only dew I know now, are the types
That never fall but gently cover
The outer shell of the eye, every time
My lips – and my eyes – are my wife’s to moist.


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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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