Dilantha Gunawardana

Dowry - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Enshrined within her womb
Lies a pulsating balloon of fiber and plasma
Wrapped in placental twines
Buffering the cradle of life
That lives within her
She inhales mists of vitality
To nourish the fledgling fetus
That breathes serenely
Resonating to the placid ripple
Of her amniotic fluid
As she awaits her destiny
In a room inundated with fluorescence
Under the watchful eye of a rogue practitioner
Covered in cyan overalls
In the guise of bequeathing on mother earth
Her emancipation from the saturation of outcasts
Peasants laboring in the bottom rung of striated life
As a fragile edifice of a princess
Fits to the confinement of a wooden casket
As the soul of mother earth is gifted with
The dowry of female genocide

Poet's Notes about The Poem

A poem on abortion of female fetuses - a reprehensible practice common in Asia

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 7, 2013

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