Boxers, Galileo, Copernicus and I


“I’m the man” Joe Louis said so.
So did Ali, and Mike Tyson showed why he was
And why he wasn’t. I of course, accomplish no feat, 
In saying out loud, my supposed manliness,
When it is nothing like that of the
Heavy-weight boxers, who I though admire.
When I’m trying to be like a man,
I think of poor old Galileo
Looking at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
And measuring the pace, at which
The greater man becomes the lesser man.
Everyone until Copernicus told that planet earth
Is flat and it seems I’ve hit
A crazy truth, in that, we – a gender – are all towers of Pisa
Battling our own imperfections,
Tackling the clock and our in-bred anxieties
Of what it is, to begin as a man
And let alone finish as one.


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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