Shaving – An Honest Psalm


They say the jaw-bone tease
Is like a lawn-mover
Going through the same lines
Over and over, and occasionally
Just like Mars craters, there are Spinifex
Fairy circles around pimple marks
Still I make merry mowing the lawn
And making a black undergrowth
As neat as the front garden
Yet unlike the green carpet around the verenda
There are no busy ants here nor grasshoppers
And this bare pasture is where
She will leave a tingling feeling
No razor head can ever give and this free-country
Is where hickeys are born
As inflorescences of scarlet petals
Rising above as blood dandelions


Published by

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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