Dilantha Gunawardana


A Drop of Rain


Dropping from unforeseen heights
From within the resonating heart of a weeping Nimbus
As the cloud cover lazily distends
To plaster the limitless wall of a heavenly fortress
In its luscious coatings of an Azure complexion
As celestial tear ducts seep a valiant tear
Dropping from apical altitudes to the suspecting soil
Sun parched land veiling the secrets of the earth
As beneath the cracked veneers, a bed of seed await their turn
To pack the soil with die-hard stems of leafy chimneys
To save mankind from the guillotines of a sun-baked terrain
Germinating the hopes of the magicians of the soil, Midas's apostles
Sowing their seed with a wand of thought, firmly clasped in to their palms
As a luscious November awaits for a sprinkle from the heavens
The legacy of the seasonal Monsoon, a promise from the Gods
To cultivate hope even in the direst of landscapes
To burgeon the soil with tides of green, for a timely transformation in to golden grains,
As a single droplet of water from the rupturing skies
Metamorphosed arid despair to steadfast optimism
The promise of a fertile crescent logging with golden grains of Serendipity

Submitted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Edited: Saturday, October 27, 2012

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Here in Sri Lanka, the North-East Monsoon brings rain for the cultivation of rice on unforgiving arid land. This is such a story.

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  • Yoonoos Peerbocus (10/30/2012 9:02:00 AM)

    to cultivate HOPE-----rain is a common topic dealt with down the ages BUT you penned it with a visible difference/nice to muse on all the lines with cool attention (Report) Reply

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