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.


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. wordpress.com/

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