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Under The Mistletoe

Love 4

How beautiful to be kissing at Christmas,
Just to feel the long wingspans,

We possess. A moth to a flame, is like
Icarus to the sun. Our soft spot for pyromania.

We are weak in the face of combustion,
Our lips are always looking to burn.

I look at your kerosene aura,
And your saintly self, a goddess,

Like you’re always stuck at noon.
And I want to fire my body with yours.

How twigs make fire in the heart of winter,
Those fireplace filled with logs of all sizes,

And our lips become like Tinderboxes,
Volatile on touch, on feel, on grind,

And like those raptors in the Australian outback,
We carry sticks of fire in our lips,

As we become our own arsonists,
Letting the fire storm us, tip to root,

As we flare up at Christmas time,
Under a wreath of mistletoe.


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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