The F Word

He called me the three letter “F word”
I asked him “Did you mean a cigarette”
– The type that you hold between the lips
And nonchalantly inhale –; Deep down I knew he didn’t
I replied too, this time though, with a four letter “F word”
And he reciprocated by asking me to F***-Off
And I looked at the ignorant bigot he was
Who couldn’t accept my faith, my existence or my reality
I had first known love a long time ago
The type that woos but breaks the cardiac septum
When you find a hole in the heart – where a woman once existed
And since a few months ago F*** fest
Was in my vocabulary – on the tip of my tongue
And on the apex of my man-Friday
My sole accomplice in earth-shattering loneliness
And in bone-quaking bliss – stranded on a beautiful island
So I looked at the impotent frame of that coward
Who labeled me with the shorter “F Word”
Smiled carelessly and asked him “If I was the F**”
“Would you like a cigarette?”



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meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist, who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. Dilantha wrote his first poem at the ripe age of 32 and now has more than 1700 poems on his blog. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, Kitaab, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry and Ravens Perch, among others. He was also awarded the prize for "The emerging writer of the year - 2016" in the Godage National Literary Awards, Sri Lanka for his first collection of poems (Kite Dreams – A Sarasavi Publication), while being shortlisted for the poetry prize. Dilantha is a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and Australia, and shares his experiences from two different cultures. He blogs at - https://meandererworld.

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