Dilantha Gunawardana


Destiny's Child


My father is as bald as a sphynx cat
And in my growing up years
I harbored a deep fear of transmuting
To the clutches of alopecia
I thought of treacherous schemes
From a wig or a toupee
To the fertilization of the soil with Rogaine
Even took refuge in Anthony Edwardian beauty
To overcome my future predicament
Yet I didn't shed my fur cap
In the prime of my youth
As alopecia slept like Rip Van Winkle
To leave me with a follicular thicket
A moderately dense outgrowth of slender keratin
Waltzing in the monsoon mistrals
And now when I gaze at myself at the mirror
I don't see my father's child anymore
But an orphaned destiny's child

Submitted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Edited: Monday, April 22, 2013

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