Treasure Island

nimal dunuhinga

(19, April,1951 / kalubovila East, Sri Lanka)

A Bird Has No Wings In The Storm


I started re-reading Kawabata Yasunari san's 'Izu no Odoriko'
and I dream of your golden country 'Japan'.
I was surprised as I have been there.
Chiba-ken, Matsudo city, sakura-dori, tokiwadaira coffe master
funabashi Japanese language school,
the railway between Kunugiyama & goko.
Sapporo beer, sake with sakasuki
taste of tempura and udong; sushi and sashimi
the restaurants I visited with my life long friend Shozo Suzuki san and his
family.
I walk towards in the memory lane
melancholy tune of windbells in Yoshiwara,
still I breathe the cool breeze there
and I sniff the fragrance of death from isolated graveyards
I would like to drown in Sumida -kawa
like Dazai Ozamu san who killed himself by drowning in the lakeTamagawa at Inokashira park.
I am sure that you will bury me near by Ishikawa Takuboku san's grave.
Though I am a Sri Lankan, I may be belongs to your soil in my early birth.
Oh! God if you are still remain in the sky; please grant me an opportunity to see them at least once
before I die in my cage.
that's my only wish.


Dedication to my life long friend Shozo.Suzuki & his family. Also to the poetess Sayumi Takahashi san & Yasuyuki Tanaka san.

Submitted: Thursday, November 03, 2005
Edited: Saturday, May 14, 2011

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  • Kee Thampi (2/11/2010 12:15:00 AM)

    you keep us with a famous story of him
    walk towards in the memory lane
    melancholy tune of windbells in Yoshiwara,
    still I breathe the cool breeze there
    and I sniff the fragrance of death from isolated graveyards
    I would like to drown in Sumida -kawa
    like Dazai Ozamu san who killed himself by drowning in the lakeTamagawa at Inokashira park. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (2/22/2007 5:21:00 AM)

    Your title is very sad and expressive. I would guess that you go to Japan in your mind quite often. Bittersweet and very beautiful, my friend.

    As always,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Dr. Kolitha Lelwala (11/13/2006 10:42:00 PM)

    An excellent lines which float me towads the imaginary place in Japan(I have never visited, but dreamt of) grateful to you for the pleasure given by those nice compossition.
    With lots of Regards,
    Kolitha (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain (11/12/2006 10:18:00 AM)

    An excellent write Nimal and a wonderful tribute to those you miss. Thankyou Nimal for sharing this poem.--Melvina-- (Report) Reply

  • R H (9/7/2006 8:39:00 AM)

    A beautiful tribute nestles in this wonderful poem of memories yearned for. Very evocative Nimal, Justine (Report) Reply

  • Michael Gale (9/4/2006 7:51:00 PM)

    We are all birds in guilded cages of life's walk in time before we meet with makers in the skies.
    A great ten in writing kind sir.
    God bless all poets-MJG. (Report) Reply

  • Duncan Wyllie (8/8/2006 6:39:00 PM)

    A wonderful expression of tribute
    My favourite part, and the part inwhich I am voting for is:

    I walk towards in the memory lane
    melancholy tune of windbells in Yoshiwara,
    still I breathe the cool breeze there

    Hauntingly beautiful words here Nimal
    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Ruby Root (7/9/2006 8:32:00 AM)

    Hi Nimal, My mother is Japanese, she was born in Hiroshima. My sister and brother were born there too. I have not gone to Japan, but I do look on the website. My sister would like me to go with me next year. I would like to drag my mother with us. Then she can translate (ha ha) Beautiful dedication to your friends. The poem was excellent. Take care. (Report) Reply

  • Uriah Hamilton (4/30/2006 6:01:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem drifting between sacred landscape and the mindscape of sad and pleasant memory. (Report) Reply

  • Roy Storey (3/26/2006 2:52:00 PM)

    My heart lies in the in Thailand a place i would like to finsh my days but not yet may be tomorrow. take careRoy. (Report) Reply

  • kskdnj sajn (3/26/2006 11:07:00 AM)

    A bird has wings in a strom, it must just find the flow of least torment until the storm calms. A good and sad write Nimal. (Report) Reply

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