Dilantha Gunawardana


A Bitter Man's Heaven


The absence of love
Is like a dawn in the absence of sunrise
Yet amidst the lingering darkness
Eyes scavenge morsels of light
To sculpt the essence of solitude

The shimmer of solitude
Pales juxtaposed to the brilliance of love
Yet her native luster
Consumes the soul, like a firefly hovering
Above bonfires of light

For the man who’s abandoned by fate
And deserted by mortality
Only has his solitude
To beautify the soul, to embellish light
To the perennial darkness

For solitude is no hero’s grail
Or mortality’s litter
But a state that milks the soul
Inward-leaned and infused with contentment

What lover cannot deliver
Is the freedom of solitude
When man is the only master
Behind the navigating wheel
In his journey to a million horizons

Submitted: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 24, 2014

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A poem on solitude

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  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (3/26/2014 11:21:00 AM)

    love the many layers of this poem. solitude has its own dark charms that love may fail to deliver.
    powerful write. (Report) Reply

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