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Storybook Life

Love 4

The flop side of a fairytale,
Sometimes is empty. There is no back garden of weeds,
To some lives. Its like the moon without craters. 
What you see in the belly and the face
Are sometimes truer than the naked visual.
In a world that venerates dark sides,
What can story book lives do but be at the very periphery.
With credence or faith they live,
In a world of endorphins and dopamine.
Inside a cocoon that no one knows exists,
Like the walls of a suburban home,
And the caterpillars that are actually no creepy crawlers,
Only beautiful creatures that crawl in,
And crawl out, of bed together,
And crawl on each other in-between,
Life forms prettier than,
Those flower-hopping show-offs
With gossamer wings.


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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