Dilantha Gunawardana


The Perpetual Fort (Galle Fort)


On the winding coast of Zeylan
Shrouded within a southern tranquil bay
Stands a centuries-old rugged fort
Wrestling the decay of time
Even the wrath of Neptune’s trident
A bastion of the colonial spirit
Catholic in her humble beginnings
Yet fortified by the pelagic Batavian heritage
Engineered to life to defy the belligerence of man
Embanked by an indomitable rampart
That stands tall like the vertebra of a whooping crane
A vantage point to lure the eyes of man
To the marvels of the Indian ocean
Varnished on the periphery by a film of jade
Where the blades of grass harbor
Not just the morning dew but fables of love
Of coveting umbrella lovers strolling hand-in-hand
While their lips converge in lingering salty kisses
The fusion of tradition with contemporary epics
Standing tall and strong against the whispering wind
Waiting for destiny to work her magic
For the perpetuation of her legacy
An admixture of colonial seed within an oriental womb
To bequeath a serendipitous metisse

Submitted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 03, 2013

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