Dilantha Gunawardana


The Rugged Church Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana


A convivial nave that summons the sinner within
As through the door of absolution, man rises from sin
An old church by the Mahaweli river holding her ground
To the chime of the bell tower, to her most solemn sound

Where winds of change ravaged the mahogany floors
Where the sinner crept in silence, with a heart that implores
Emancipation from the echoes that linger in punity
The voice of the solemn lips salvaging her impunity

She had seen it all, the flow and ebb of life
To the eulogies that reverberate in torrents of strife
Of the man on the soil and the body beneath
As the soul escaped the fibrous sheath

Wedded bliss amidst milky white veils
As to the waters of marital life, lifted were the sails
Navigating the depths of the seabed of matrimony
Yet the heat boats along, in sodden tides of harmony

She is like a fort built in colonial eons
A place of sacrificed lambs and august lions
Where the meek and the mighty blend in redemption
As on a hollow confessional, sins part lips in reverberation

Place where love of the godly kind lingers
Where the body of Christ is bequeathed to the convivial fingers
Where blood was splattered in the name of love
As in the lamb of man, dropped blessings from above

A rugged church in the middle of nowhere
A place uneroded to the peal of time, to the wear and tear
Of a place that will last beyond the walls of time
Where sinners enter for an evangelizing prime

Where god is the shepherd to the straying lamb
For the fallen to surrender to the calling’s exam
Where there are no strangers but children of the same god
Doorway to heaven, for the man perennially flawed

Submitted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Edited: Friday, April 11, 2014

Topic of this poem: Life


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A Church In Sri Lanka

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