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Equine Customs (Adult Poem)

Note – this is not a reflection on my wife and me (Just noting that). Its amazing how at 41, you feel disgusted to be writing erotica, but still you do it to be a poet. Its now or never.


A carrot doesn’t ask for, 
The mouth of a thoroughbred mare
Neither does love. You go to the betting center,
And you bet on that speedy horse,
Called “Black Caviar”, a black beauty
With speed in her limbs, and
A soft spot for an orange tap root.
And love is as orange as a carrot stick,
Fed to a horse’s mouth. She looks
At it in some delight and slips it all inside,
Making the hollow chamber, a womb of sorts,
A room that begins in the pitch dark,
In sequences of flow and ebb,
Lips like Poseidon, mastering the tide,
Playing the carrot like a clarinet or recorder,
Until she, and you, open up to a two way epiphany,
Right about the time you’re going
To go ballistic and airborne, right down to,
When you realize, this was your soul-mare,
On whom you bet your whole future on.
And how absolutely tempestuous,
To bank on a dark tanned mare, that
Confesses to her wild ways, and feeds
On carrots, while considering its juice,
A healthy mouthful, worthy
Of that shameless smiley face.


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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