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A Nun and a Slice of Pizza


“How we forget nuns are real people too”

A water buffalo stood still, while the udders were squeezed
So unlike foreplay on second base, only brash and brute,
Fumbling to a bucketful of milk.

While a triangular piece of pizza, is eaten by an Italian nun,
Wondering where the house flies are,
Or the leeches in the rainy season, or the mosquitos at night,
Those rare moments of something settling on skin.

How her bosoms are beautiful and soft,
And will perhaps go the distance, without her blouse ever being opened,
Button after button, or fumbled, or for that matter
Squeezed by a baby’s mouth.

How she will spend her life, in chastity,
Only opening her lips to a round of Mozzarella toppings,
Remembering the day when a boy in 10th grade
Stood topping her lips, a kiss that sunk deeper,
Than any Mozzarella-topped pizza.
How sometimes, solitude and prayer fall short,
Unlike a slice of pizza; pepperoni, being her favorite.

This nun – Veronica – wears a wimple around her tied hair,
As she remembers, how that singing nun, Maria,
In Sound of Music, too wore one, her uniform.
How Maria gave life to her body with song, and then falling in love,
While a nun in Rimini, has neither song nor love,
Only a slice of life, that comes in the form of her cravings,
For junk food and binge eating, and she eats four slices of pizza,
Every Sunday after mass, to fill a vacancy,
God cannot seem to fill.


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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