Dilantha Gunawardana


Ode To A Demi-God (Sachin Tendulkar)


Oh the buoyancy of a piece of willow
Holding his fort like the shield of an armadillo
No leather can dismantle this demi-god's poise
As from every nook and corner, outpours the noise

Incarnated to the Bharatha heartland, to a most humble soil
As to the call of a nation his gallant heart would embroil
A baptism like no other, to shark infested waters
As bouncers and yorkers schemed from all speedy quarters

He was the quintessential knight, Lancelot of a meteoric game
Who broke all mortal deed, as record books surrendered to shame
He was the god of little things, from the stance to the drive
As people gathered in hoards, to watch a demi-god thrive

Sublime and nimble, was the footwork of this master
Elegance personified, yet no shade of a blaster
Cynosure of eager eyes from the oriental to the occidental
As on amphitheaters of a game, perpetuated a legacy perennial

Oh the beauty of a swan and the placidity of a hermit
As the willow serenaded the gazes, as beacons were lit
As effigies and statutes erected on this southern fertile soil
A religion was born to a lonely willow's absence of toil

The juvenile prodigy lingered, as decades rolled on
Stout hearts were tamed to the willow's scorn
As leather flew to all corners dissecting blades of jade
On minefields of a game, a transcendent legacy was laid

A mere misfit to humanity, as immortality beckoned
As a humble man embraced his call, as the juggernaut of fate summoned
To transform a game, from the clutches of power, to the fluidity of elegance
As cricketing meadows metamorphosed to a ballet's corporeal eloquence

As a player sculpted his own crossroad to an unheralded echelon of a game
As millions of slumdog dreams were ignited with a humble flame
A legacy was bred, etched on parchment and chambers alike
Of a sublime demi-god that immortalized cricket's universal Reich

Submitted: Sunday, December 01, 2013

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