Dilantha Gunawardana


My African Damsel


Skin shimmering of molten ivory
Scorching in Ra's immovable gaze
As bountiful locks flow to Amun's whispers of sweet nothings
In copper's opulence of a zesty auburn patina
Tantalizing curves of a Rhodesian ridgeback
A spectacular heritage of an imperial Grevy zebra
Proudly sporting her colonial stripes and her Zulu roots
Yet bearing an unscathed legacy, the poise of an Ethiopian wolf
Absent of feudal conquests, toil's buxom union with hemorrhagic outpour
As love's enduring labor shunned alcoves of segregation
For white man's seed to be sown on sable soil
As she, an African princess, matured like a diamond in a mine
To sprout in the savannahs of my psyche
As she dances to the Congo beats of my heart
My breathtaking beauty, my African damsel

Submitted: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Edited: Saturday, November 17, 2012
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A Poem on a dreamy African Damsel

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