Dilantha Gunawardana


A Mirror Has Two Faces - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Smiling at one's enigmatic reflection
As the heart is tugged by her alluring attraction
She is varnished by a glaze of silica
She bears no grudges yet bequeaths the occasional scar
She basks in the honesty of light
She flourishes in the glistening path of sight
Her honesty transcends the craters of the full moon
Even accommodates cycles of maddening loon
When the nose points like the child Pinnochio
When hemispheres of the face are in need of a timely cure
She speaks the language of love
Yet she can crush the soul of a man's trove
She is unforgiving like the stormy Caribbean ocean
She enlivens the ghosts out in to the open
She is a domineering mother to the gentle inner child
She scorches like the Saharan sun in her untamed wild
She exudes apathy even imposes tides of pain
Yet she bears no motive no benefit to gain
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Her galvanizing forte is her crude honesty
As she embarks on odysseys for the heart's amnesty
She will adorn the pessimistic soul with tides of confidence
She will metamorphose sorrow to the mirth of ebullience
She is a stoic journeyman in the corridors of time and age
As wrinkles embellish the skin in the fragility of old age
She is a time-tested truth, our eternal inscription
As the journey of life is caged in age's restriction
She's an infinite force like the walls of Jericho
A constant juggernaut that knocks on the heart's door
She transcends the entrapment of man in his casing of age
She will smile placidly at life in her final stage
She will shed an ocean of tears to the evanescence of man
As he accepts his destiny in the womb of his terrain
She will forever flourish as the epitome of honesty
As she chisels on stone folios of history her perpetual identity

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A poem on the two sides of a mirror

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 11, 2013



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