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.


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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