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The Shirt

I only had two shirts before
I met my wife and now I have nearly 40.
One each for a year on this
Turquoise world. I don’t iron my shirt,
I let creases make a statement,
Like I’m not one for pleasing others.
I’m just as rugged as the mountain side
Round, around the edges, of the 3XL shirt I wear,
Whose interior knows me as the fat man
Who locks into its measurements.
I’m just as disposable as any of my shirts are.
I don’t bend the rules, I take
Pride in that. Like this shirt of mine,
Buttoned almost to the top,
Letting some chest hairs poke out.
I take in pride in that too. How easy
I look, like the frothy alpine winds
Blowing through my under-arms,
Lifting me an inch above ground,
When I’m far from haughty, nor am I just an average Joe.
Only a feeling that anything could
Happen wandering in a shirt.
I’m in my own limbo, too cool
To ever realize, that the shirt is the panache and not me.
I look at myself on the mirror and then take it off.
I feel the temperature rise slowly.
I realize how cool the shirt was.
Cool in design, in material and in camouflage.
I don’t need to tuck in my tummy
In a slim fit. I’m just an illusion artist, practicing
Thermodynamics to my advantage.
I’m cool; which in simple English implies,
I’m almost an open fridge door


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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