Dilantha Gunawardana


A Stilt Fisherman - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Where the pout of the Walawe delta
Kisses the tide of the Indian ocean
Stands erect an indomitable soul
Basking in the gaze of Ra
Perched halfway to the heavens
On the Heculean shoulders
Of a lonely wooden stilt
As he flicks his fishing rod
To the rippling torrents of the restless ocean
To hook the grazing lips
Of a foolhardy snapper
To enliven the dreams of a lonely fisherman
To construct stone by stone
Citadels of his psyche
To taste emancipation from the shackles of poverty
To bequeath on his beloved children
A banquet of a bowl of rice
Embellished with Mysore dhal, sambol and fish
As parts a story of legends and fables
Of a gallant stilt holding afloat
The humble dreams of a lowly stilt fisherman


Poet's Notes about The Poem

A poem on a stilt fisherman in the coastal waters of Sri Lanka

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 5, 2013


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