Redemption - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana
Did I cross you too late?
My barbaric scent of flesh that stenches my body
Mounting what is short-hemmed and cheap…..
I see myself vividly, a mustang on a mirror
Free to roam where lust dictates
Until youth asphyxiated me, at the corner of 40…….
What if we met on the underside of a table?
Etched our names on timber or pasted chewing gum
Unknowingly, as juxtaposed mementos…….
And walked away as star-crossed lovers
What if I walked past you down a church nave
Too focused on looking devout
Or perhaps looking down in shame
At my own leprosy of sin
What if our paths crossed tomorrow?
When you bloom on my retina
And my heart overpowers my body
Will you promise to keep me away from your bed linen
Until I bloom next to you and claim you as my own
When one rose and one forest flower
Will wilt their vivid petals together
To a life sentence of love
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