Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy

They say Midnight Cowboy
Was the only R-rated movie to win best picture,
And the first LGBT-friendly movie to win acclaim in Hollywood. 
Jon Voigt was the cowboy stuck in a hotel room
Waking up to a reality that few ever perceive.

Life happens in the strangest ways
The alternation to survive the sveltering New York summers
Where sultry corridors are packed
With flesh-pillars, crashing through in instinct, climbing on top
Of “coat hanger” shoulder blades
In a rundown street bar.

And in that twisted insubordinate reality
The delirium of being befriended by one body inside a dark room,
Is just the prelude to the sperm whale coming
To shore, where his crushed sandcastle now stands.

And here you twist
To a New York minute sucking you in
To a strange freedom, that always
Does the exact opposite, the inverse,
Standing by proximities that summon musk and mood,
And a deliberation that spoils that maddening moment
When the whale carcass comes to shore

Only for guilt, the blue whale, to swim back out.

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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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