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The Body


Body, is our only weapon
In love, and sometimes in war.

A child looks out of a window,
Shopping for new a pastime,

To transcend boredom. A woman
Says give me a clarinet and I will blow.

Man hears and sees, something
Completely different.

And the challenge for us all is,
How we become sated with what we have,

The permanent job, a faithful wife,
A rare one storey house.

And still we need to feel love,
Romance waking desire up,

The voltage between ground state
And bliss, what we feel as rise and fall

The reality is, our bodies live for the “out of body”
To just feel the dyslexia of a little death,

The perfect hieroglyph, the code
Of our bodies, that is beyond us,

What we chase over and over,
The oldest language, it is said,,

Older than Sanskrit or Tamil.
Older than Homo sapiens,

The oldest musical instrument.
The oldest recorded song.

The truth is you always need,
To air out your home, from time to time,

To release the caged passerine birds,
So they, rediscover their songs.


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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