Dilantha Gunawardana

Borderlands Of Love - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

The fever I possess
What is concealed beneath a crimson sari
And borderline-wrinkled cheeks
A heart sculpted of red phosphorus
What could combust in hate and grieve in love
What had seen the splatter of arteries
And held blood on the tributaries of the palm
Of last words that were laid bare in whisper
What I always knew and always cherished
The only shining star on my perennial midnight sky
Who journeyed each dusk and returned each dawn
In the nocturnal cycles of a lowly fisherman
A man of outer courage and inner strength
A crusader with firm wrists and a gentle heart
A soul no ocean could ever macerate
Or kismet could ever fossilize
Who that fated day ebbed far from my reach
Where between the permeation of a bullet
And the levitation of a soul
Rested a final sequence of words
What was forthcoming and free
Of a soul larger than life
Demanding me to let go and love once again
Like a bouncing string-less kite and the nascent wind
Free to roam beyond what ethnicity dictates
And cartographers delineate
To the meeting plains of two palms - coconut and palmyra
In the borderlands of love

Topic(s) of this poem: war memories

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War and Love

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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