Keratin Traditions


My wife tells me to cut my nails,
“They are too long honey” she tells me

And I chip my talons one by one
Until she is smiling from ear to ear

And when I kiss her, at those musky places
She tells me I need a clean shave

And I go and clean the stubs on my cheeks.
It seems my wife’s body is like

A pin cushion with tickle and prickle receptors
And my keratin tips are prickly pins

And love is a centerfield of minuscule deeds
Traditions that surface and resurface

Change and tweak, tinker and toy
Until all the brevities are asphalted

To journey on paved highways
To yesteryear’s endearment.


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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