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A Fairy Tale inside the Backseat of a Car

Primary school

How beautiful is a green sapling,
An earthling with leaves, greener than a dollar bill,
Clutching onto meadows of chlorophyll,
Absorbing the light from the heavens,
To build a chain that becomes,
The endosperm, inside the angiosperm,
What powers the anaemic body, and the tender breast,
How rice thrown over the head, also fills a bowl,
Where palms, spoons and chopsticks lie,
Held in hand, scooped to mouth,
How all it takes is a mouthful, of the light schemed engine,
The rails of life, the food chains in locomotion,
The carriages connected through lips,
The biochemistry of light turning to starch,
The food pile that becomes a waste pile,
Inside the human form, when metabolism
Of sugar powered lips, familiarizes you to another,
Inside a back seat of a Nissan Pulsar,
The hickey on the neck, only a tiny red bite;
What will give a young woman, abundant joy in front
On the rear-view mirror. Bite marks on necks,
His and hers, hickeys as ripe as blood apples,
That by the end of this night,
Will transform a beautiful Snow White,
To the face glow, of Cinder-Ella.


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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