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Dilantha Gunawardana


Tombstone


Perennial alibi to history
In this perpetual void of time

The commemoration of life
Beyond the ebb of the tide
The flicker of the flame
The fated evanescence

A celebration of span
Of the nexus between
Celestial clay and mortal ash

Remembrance of man’s tryst
With the buoyancy of pneuma
The muscle of air

Inscribed by signature words
Of a journeyman
From the embodiment of flesh
To the transcendence of the soul

For at the end
What remains is an inscription on marble
That the vacuity of life was filled
By an inimitable being

For each man dies a legend
And remains as a legacy

Chiseled on stone.....

Submitted: Saturday, February 22, 2014
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