Ring Finger

Daniela & Frank's Gorgeous Cambridge Mill Wedding, Anne Edgar Photography
Daniela & Frank’s Gorgeous Cambridge Mill Wedding, Anne Edgar Photography

You find the ring finger
A little stockier, and impractical,
Nature’s unhelpful digit that makes
Locomotion a little half-hearted
Perhaps even outright lazy. And yet that
Idle stub that lazes to the busy-bodies
Surrounding her, is where
A centerpiece stands in all her glory.
A ring that falls two thirds of the way
And capsizes in her waist
Marking a milestone, when two
Natives of the land, partake a contract
To weatherproof emotions
With care and giving. A fat ugly stub
Of flesh, preserving a bond to eternity,
In embellished gold.

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Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, American Journal of Poetry, Kitaab, Eastlit and Ravens Perch. He mixes science with poetry for a living, when what matters is the expression of both DNA and words into something serendipitous. Although an Australian citizen, Dilantha is domiciled in Sri Lanka, his country of birth.

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