Dilantha Gunawardana

Colombo - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Street lights that lift empty hearts
In a city that slumbers in silence
Like lovers after making passionate love
Where the traffic of metallic chassis
Is juxtaposed face to rear, side by side
Even kissing in illegitimacy
Outside poster-covered walls and budget hotels
Where lovers fornicate in makeshift silences
Incarcerated within walls with erect ears
And gossiping lips
A heartbeat that palpitates at dawn and dusk
And finds her rhythm in between
Where amidst ant trails and ghost alleyways
Lies tragedy and triumph – history and prophesy
On the same plots of land
Where once rested a playground of projectiles and shrapnel
That transmuted to a bohemian’s port and a trekker’s map
What will always bear profound scars
Yet will choose to sleep on a feathery pillow
Of ethnic harmony

Topic(s) of this poem: country

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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  • Akhtar Jawad (3/25/2015 12:21:00 PM)

    A wonderful Message in a lovely poem.......................10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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