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Water (On International Water Day)


Sometimes gold is found
In the transparent form. The lake,
The river, the aquifer, the well, 
All places for prospecting for
That precious element, water.
How life will always be,
The water bodies that we preserve,
And the exobiological quests,
We launch, to find the residue,
Of extant water, hidden deep beneath
The mantle of Mars or Titan
Or some far away exoplanet.
How water is, oxygen bonded in two directions,
To two hydrogen atoms, a tripartite
Preservative, what sustains from broken water,
To a waterless state, ovum to an oblivion,
While at the pinnacle of items,
On the bucket list of a species,
Is the discovery of water
In a place beyond planet earth.
A mere clue to an existential premise,
Extraterrestrial life.


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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