Modesty

woman 5

There are statements of the flesh
That are estranged from the sexual revolution
The mantillas, the hijabs and many more
That preserve queendoms of the flesh
Inside thick-walled ramparts.

And there are places too, oases, wonderlands
That are clouded by the cover of garments
Battling the expectations of the Neanderthal mind
Red carpets with flesh candy on display
And convenient wardrobe malfunctions

And in that sanctuary of keeping Godiva
Locked inside, you find a beautiful strain
Of non-disclosure, the wealth of a shroud
That in essentiality, is a battleground
On her own right, of the woman and the siren.

With the implicit knowledge,
Of how beautiful expression can be,

Inside a well-lit room.

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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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