Dilantha Gunawardana


The Man That Sits Next To You In Graduate School


What is pink, are your lips
What is jade, are my eyes
For I am not the man that flourishes kisses
To your tender summer lips
Just a ghost tormented by your shadow
Consummated by your juxtaposition
Of what will never rest beneath me, over me or in front of me
Your elusive body that concentrates my desire
And dilutes my very existence
The cement of amity that binds us
And the magnetism of bodies that desserts us
Pummels the soul, leaving an echo of loneliness

For I can never be content
With merging elbows and sideway gazes
As I long to taste your pink meadows
Lay you down on dandelion mats
To saturate your senses
With the flow and ebb of lustful sin

I am the invisible man, the hologram above your eyes
A cultivar of friendship, parasitized by lust
As silence pervades my lips, fearful of rejection
The coward I am and the words I do not possess
In my muted universe, preserved by the salt of love

I am the vivid flower in meadows of my dreams
A leper by choice yet a lover by nightfall
Of what I don’t possess, of what rest unclaimed by my lips
My own preservative of longing
For fear ruminates in the orbitals of the mind
Of losing you, your aura that slips in to mine
Every passing day, my daily dose of sunshine

For the state that perpetuates
In the absence of reciprocated bliss
Transcends the impression of broken dreams

Submitted: Friday, March 28, 2014

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  • V P Mahur (3/28/2014 2:02:00 PM)

    dear Poet,
    your feel of love is great in this poem. I liked it.
    Thanks for your comments on my poem. (Report) Reply

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