American Football


A game of Ravens and Bengali Tigers
The corvids and the felines.

Playing a game of catch, steal and run
On a lawn long enough for a race

Of endurance and trickery. Where strapping men
Make mercenaries out of their bodies,

Courage stretching beyond spandex
To catch an oblong flying ball, and drag her home;

Drawn by the elasticity of anatomy
And the precision of the iris-aperture

To make grown men dance to the hysteria
Of a fusion of grid and iron,

Storming past melting point, to thaw with fury
On the other side of a white line,

In whoop and dance.


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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