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Stephen Hawkins is No More


It is with great sadness,
I hear that Stephen Hawkins is no more
Among the living. A man who beat disease
And made himself the only inhabitant of a niche
That was his by invention and by colony.
A man who defied a motor neuron
Disease and demonstrated the tangents of a beautiful mind,
A conquistador of the spaces around us.
And on this day, of celebrating the
Birth of Albert Einstein, Steven passed
Away, while his words of wisdom
Of the sheer possibility of alien life, still reverberate.
As I look at myself, wondering,
Looking at a horizon filled with mosquito-sized stars,
Which exist millions of light years away,
And what else, but a strain of innate curiosity,
Defied by an insatiable silence,
Serving me with no tangible answer.
And I suppose, there exists,
In a different galaxy to ours, a Goldilocks planet,
In a habitable zone, where a specimen,
Of a sexually dimorphic species,
Will rest troubled by the same curiosity,
Looking at the enormity of space,
Unified by one open-ended line of thought.


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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