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My Legacy

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I like three things that make
Me unpopular. Science, Poetry and Quizzing.
I’m not for the barbecue and the beer.
I’m in my own way in the IUCN red list,
And unless I get my wife pregnant,
Soon, I will become extinct, just
Like my lineage and my surname.
We are all fighting to leave behind a legacy.
No one will remember an epitaph,
Stating you were courageous or went
Against popular culture.
Every man leaves behind something
The clutter on an e-mail account, in a shoe box,
Inside an attic and mostly inside a dead brain.
The brain is your collective intellect, what made
You Homo sapiens, the wise one.
You don’t have to get elected by votes,
To be a parliamentarian,
Being a nocturnal owl would get you there.
I’m just fighting for my own legacy,
My roots that sink into so many hearts
Close to me, and will bear papayas in my absence.
Yes, absence, does make the heart grow fonder.
You are not what you are, or who you are,
No one will talk about your sexuality
Or what top notch job you held,
You’re only a wise owl’s inquiry;
“Whom, whom, whom”
– Did you love?.


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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