Dilantha Gunawardana

Caste - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

The diabolical boundaries
Erected by mankind
Palisades to the heart
Of what cannot be transcended in love
But an open meadow to deploy
Your arsenal of prejudice

Strata of the shameful heart
What is owned by a lesser god
Tormented by your district, your pedigree
Your abode, where your heartbeat was once surmounted
A place that can never be called home
Your heirloom of shame

Echelons of human worth and unworth
Colorless gloom of a sorrowful horizon
For what is claimed in humanity - life
Is lost to the shadow of man
His born tribe, his identity by descent
The caste he belongs - the very sins passed on by heritage

Yet man does not stay shackled to his ancestors
Or to the bleak earth of his forefathers
But ventures in to the great wide open
Oiled by his vibrant dreams

Caste, a home that is sacrificed
As a tent is pitched on alien soil

To find his home, far away from home........

Topic(s) of this poem: Life

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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