She was a question mark, a conundrum.
The lone mare to the black stallion
A woman of outer beauty and inner turmoil
That he eyed with pristine lucidity
She was beautiful, black onyx islands
On crystal lochs, an unblemished wilderness
With faint sketches of aging, mere silver linings,
An opening for emergent butterfly wings
For the nymph behind the rampart
To bloom to her own inimitable womanhood.
She had a warmth that emanated from a kiln
Concealing 21 grams of selfless treasure
And a magic with words, very few can ferry
From vermillion lips to cartilaginous earlobes
And yet she was the very fiber that he wiped his feet on
A man who could only see – and pounce on,
Her enfeebling lust and her submissive knees
And yet underneath that same door mat
There were plenty of intricate knots – fallen strands
Mattress coir, filaments of satin, even spider’s silk;
A cosmos of small weavings, interwoven threads
All beautifully painted, and stitched
To a paragon of superabundance
In the perfect contrast of grey and white.


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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