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Chastity Belt

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A woman’s hosiery
– leggings, stockings and tights
Are prickly, skin-hugging and fine
While on top, a corset can be seen
Sculpting two thrones for two coronated queens
To sit and take a peak or a peak-a-boo
At the faithful – the palace serfs
And in these parades of inner garments
There lies one obsolete creature
That incarcerates desire
And maketh one Mary Queen of Scots
Imprisoned in string and padding
– Unlike an Elizabethan chastity –
After all it only takes one tight belt
To circumnavigate one near-perfection
And out there in England – as elsewhere
It is only a contraceptive device, that maidens wear
To spoil the ambition of man

And in the contemporary
There rests a similar device
With inner metal and outer padding
– Strong on the inside but tender on the out –
When a woman can be seen walking strange
Slanting a smile from ear to ear
And looking a little dizzy
Between her hips

And they say…….
There goes a woman in love !


Dr Dilantha Gunawardana graduated from the University of Melbourne, as a molecular biologist, and moonlights as a poet. He currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Botany, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Dilantha lives in a chimeric universe of science and poetry. Dilantha’s poems have been accepted for publication /published in HeartWood Literary Magazine, Canary Literary Magazine, Boston Accent, Forage, Kitaab, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry, Zingara Poetry Review, The Wagon and Ravens Perch, among others. Dilantha too has two anthologies of poetry, 'Kite Dreams' (2016) and 'Driftwood' (2017), both brought to the readership by Sarasavi Publishers, and is working on his third poetry collection (The Many Constellations of Home). Dilantha’s pet areas of teaching and research, include, Nitrogen Fixation, RNA biology, Phytoremediation, Agricultural Biology, and Bioethics & Biosafety. Dilantha blogs at – -, where he has nearly 2000 poems.

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