Stroking your cheek
I’m defined by the meaning of proximity
In the tension of not knowing
Anything can happen. You and I, in the cosmic sense
Time-draining forms of bone and protein
Liable to collide, just so that
We know, we are not just here on earth
To be earthlings, that the boundless spaces
Above us, are ours too, to orbit.
Aren’t we celestial bodies on our own right
Escaping our own gravities – our need to be weightless
Flying to unknown places we can never inhabit
And yet our consciousness can feel.
But lies beyond measure. And our bodies,
If they were only flapping kites on earth,
They become free comets in space.


Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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