Dilantha Gunawardana

Woman 2 - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Every woman
Stares at her body on the face of a mirror
And sees a muse in perfect symmetry
In the paradox of an inescapable inequality
Trapped to the luster of her skin
As the perennial mannequin
Yet bearing a lopsided biology
As the Madonna of fecundity

Topic(s) of this poem: woman

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Woman - International Women's Day

Comments about Woman 2 by Dilantha Gunawardana

  • Pamela Sinicrope (9/23/2015 8:44:00 AM)

    Every woman has her mirrors. I've been reading poems about these mirrors in the works of Sylvia Plath, Richard Theze, and David Wood. Your perspective is uniquely expressed. 'A muse in perfect symmetry, ' to me is the woman we want to see when we look in the mirror.... Perhaps if we look long enough she will emerge? Then there's the larger theme about how our inequality (to each other and to man?) is trapped 'in the luster of our skin.' And then the last two lines... Reminds me of how special we are in our 'lopsided biology, ' as 'Madonnas of fecundity, ' That speaks volumes... That's quite a mirror. Love this! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 7, 2015

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