The Angelus


Dawn opens with a ring of the church bell
And a little light creeping through the curtain.
We are woken by the Angelus.

And I make love to my wife. As I search for Gabriel
Every time she milks my nuke – nuclear material
That can cross the generation rift.

It seems the Angelus gives us a new leaf.
The Hail Marys recited by our bodies
With a little extra thrush of my pelvis
And my wife holding her legs to the roof
To let little angels swim through.

And I wait till she is back on her bottom, looking at me
A little milk squeezing out of her fault line
Gaze capturing the anticipation of the empires we both aspire to.

And a few days after, we search for two pink lines
On a peed miracle strip and we always end up
Holding each other longer than usual.
Comforting in punity as we search for any silver lining.

The Angelus can bring us together
And pull us apart. And hope is a rope that is gnawed
From your side, until you see a dead end.

Perhaps One Hail Mary is all we’ve got.

* Note – Hail Mary (alternate meaning) – Last Ditch Effort in English.


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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