Dilantha Gunawardana


Salted In Time


The wrath of waves tumbling and cavorting
As the eyes surrender
To the quintessential juggernaut of nature
As twin irises capture
Aquamarine’s indomitable aura
Her Herculean vigor entombed within blue vitriolic muscle
With neither Samson’s locks or Achilles' heel
Storming towards my fragile existence

To me, a man embattled with ghosts
Tangoing in my tortured psyche
As the claymores of god
Erupted beneath the Indian fortress
Deracinating the cornerstone
Of a transcendent love
As the might of Neptune’s trident
Took you away from my arms, my love

And now, I stare at my own green mile
Even the blue rooms
Within the walls of your citadel
Chased by garrisons of ghosts
Who held on to my angel’s hand
As you cried out my name
In your perpetuating sayonara

For you’re the pith of my bough
That resurrects my spirits
Yet my love, you’re still the ichor
That poisons the mortal in me
A bipolar man gripped by the tug-of-war
Of those eternal moments
As you surrendered to the arms of fate

Now take my soul
On a journey to your doorstep
To the dominion called Atlantis
To your sublime succulence
Entombed within vermillion tides……….
Hold me my love
From the ledge of your lips
Until time freezes two souls
In the infinity of a perpetual lip lock

For our love transcends
All earthly sensations
To the perpetuation of body and soul
Within an aquamarine coffin

Oh you gargantuan wheel of nature
Consume every ounce of me
Yet consummate my lips
To my soul’s keeper
For then I will taste my emancipation
As my lips eternally surrender to your succulence
For heaven is not found in Elysian fields
But concealed beneath beds of seaweed

For beneath this fortress of water
Lies the fabled fairytale
Of star-crossed lovers
Salted in time

Submitted: Thursday, January 09, 2014
Edited: Thursday, January 09, 2014

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A poem on a suicidal man missing his lover who was lost in the Tsunami of 2004

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