Dilantha Gunawardana


Two ‘nuclei' Become One - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

I climb to the heavens
In a single trajectory
To embrace the great wide open
In my frolicking beauty

I long for the day
When the chlorophyll smiles
At Ra's intimate glare
For a rapture of my wiles

As I metamorphose
From a fragile sink
To an efficient carbon pile
Source in a brink

The mesophyll smirks
As carbon is fixed
In the leafy veranda
Rubisco conjuring its tricks

The heading time arrives
With a blooming inflorescence
For the cherished ones to cavort
In their unique cadence

As the flowers blossom
In a quaint golden hue
For the pollen to conquer
In their torrential queue

The pollen drop like parachutes
Flown by the thrusts of Aeolus
For the stigma to embrace the rapturous seed
Smiling at the passing cumulus

A tube is formed like an explorer
In a hurdle laden cave
As stalagmites obscure the path
Of the pollen tube's ecstatic wave

Then as kismet's beckons
In the union of rapturous nuclei
As a zygote is spawned
Ecstatic joy in a celestial high

This is the nativity story of a rice grain
Blossoming in a golden cradle
As providence's arms molded
A panacea for famine's hurdle

Love beckons when two hearts
Blend to the resonance of one
A grain's ardor for humanity
Resonates from the endosperm's bunce

Brown gold to the masses
As crossroads are traced
From the cannibalistic famine
Where innocence is displaced

Hope reverberates in my sprinkle
As masses look upon at the heavens
The ultimate unconditional story of love
As rice the crusader gallantly leavens

Two nuclei in a blissful union
For an eternity together
A zygote that transforms to a grain
To feed us all now and forever

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The story of a rice grain

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 14, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, January 14, 2013


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