Dilantha Gunawardana


Black Gold - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Deep beneath dunes of sand
North of the port of Aden
Traversing spheres of
Porous sedimentary rock
Inhabits cascades of liquor
In shackles of entrapment
Viscous like the rich sap of Maple trees
Luscious like the surging tide of the Pacific
Spawned from beds of fossil
Aged by the torso of mother earth
In the cask of her womb
Like a vintage pinot noir
To gush to the heavens in one fleeting motion
A geyser unveiling her amniotic fluid
Bestowing on humans
The marrow of her civilization
The enshrined heirloom
Of decaying matter
For man is a potent warrior
Even in the fabric of fossil
Salvaging life from deep beneath the soil
Bequeathing on the sons and daughters of mother earth
The treasure trove
Of spurting black gold


Poet's Notes about The Poem

A poem on crude oil

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 5, 2013


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