Dilantha Gunawardana


African Elephant - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

A rock fortress
In gaze's path of sight
The tenacious titan of the animal kingdom
Drifting through corridors of space and time
Seeping the grace of a celestial angel
The innate serenity of a Dominican friar
The noble poise of a Lusitanian fidalgo
The effervescent spirit of a Kikuyu warrior
An august creature idyllically plodding on the endless savannahs
With an indomitable dominance
Bestowed by the herculean muscle of her dental boughs
As giant elastic flaps flutter in a karmic cadence
To be one with the svelte curves of a buxom Aeolus
As he unleashes his trumpeting voice, a reverberating call
An offering of peace, a plea for compassion
To the callous ears of man, entwined
To the misery of deed's warped exploitation
As humanity gazes through the eye of a needle
Through narrow straits of indifference, in the hollowness of a heartless gun barrel
As a mighty boom silences the call of the wild
The crucifixion of a saint, god's enigmatic envoy
As the chill of apathy drapes the warmth
Of an African summer


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The Story of how human apathy has spelled the reduction of numbers of the African Elephant

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 10, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 10, 2012


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