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Finding Disneyland

Mouse 2

We hear of mouse models, lab rats,
And Guinea pigs, being used
In cutting edge research, to solve the riddles of 
Cancers, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
In most cases, you find a narrow lineage
Of little furry creatures, with one
Or two faulty genes, given a subtle dose
Of a little pharmaceutical product or concoction.
Then you keep your fingers crossed, tapping a tune
Inside a lab cubicle, and hope for some glorious change
In a tumorous tissue, or in the poor animal’s
Metabolism or perhaps in a healthier
Heart that will pump like mad
Oxygenated blood, down the aorta.
Still, if you’re one of those Nobel Prize
Chasers, you will need to conjure – ta da -,
A good dose of fortune, which when made sexy in one word,
Reads “Serendipity”, named after a tiny teardrop-shaped
Island in the Indian Ocean, which
In applied science, can only mean
One of those extremely rare events
When a cageful of cheese thieves,
Fed with a simple dose of a miraculous elixir,
Transform in front of your senses,
To yet another clone of a larger-than-life,
And bankable, Mickey Mouse.


Dr Dilantha Gunawardana graduated from the University of Melbourne, as a molecular biologist, and moonlights as a poet. He currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Botany, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Dilantha lives in a chimeric universe of science and poetry. Dilantha’s poems have been accepted for publication /published in HeartWood Literary Magazine, Canary Literary Magazine, Boston Accent, Forage, Kitaab, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry, Zingara Poetry Review, The Wagon and Ravens Perch, among others. Dilantha too has two anthologies of poetry, 'Kite Dreams' (2016) and 'Driftwood' (2017), both brought to the readership by Sarasavi Publishers, and is working on his third poetry collection (The Many Constellations of Home). Dilantha’s pet areas of teaching and research, include, Nitrogen Fixation, RNA biology, Phytoremediation, Agricultural Biology, and Bioethics & Biosafety. Dilantha blogs at – -, where he has nearly 2000 poems.

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