Queensbury Rules


I draped my arms
Heaven-descending limbs
Curving, slanting and making
A love clutch and the lips followed suite
Armed with chewy-paste
And slowly draping in beak-like maneuvers
Lunging and slapping
When all of me took a big chunk of you out
And in that moment – when in my boxers
And holding on to you, my body inside a ring
I knew I had the technique to play the game
And it was my lust and your desire, knuckling it out
On a mattress with four corners
To play with one set of rules – and here they call it a match
As bodies are macerated to perfection
And a gale storms the senses
As one countdown preludes a shoulder knot
Until they go to their own corners
When soreness fuses to satiety
Knowing threshing is a custom
Played on a square in a match of mismatches
When combat is a sport
And arbitration is
Love transposed.


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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. wordpress.com/

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