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There are no warm shoulders on strangers
There are no eagles on the tip of flowers.
Somethings are not meant to be.

We are just as religious as a petal
Synthesizing anthocyanins to make the flower seem brighter,
To attract insect pollinators.

We too comb our hair, wear an ironed shirt,
And walk tall, to press our confidence
Against those glancing at our direction.

And when I die, I will be a delicacy for microorganisms.
Some bacteria will decay my flesh, while
Someone who I never knew,

Who had a secret crush on me, will resurrect
Me back to the living. Like raindrops blowing
Through your window, wetting something interior.

The heart, is a damp sponge, with little pores,
That fill and empty at the same time. Absorbing through inlets
And letting go through outlets.

There is no life after the estuary,
And yet the ocean winds blow through a pining heart,
Depositing trails of halite, on an invisible screen.


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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