Keratin Traditions

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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.

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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. wordpress.com/

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