Dilantha Gunawardana


Elegy For Valentines Day - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

As Valentine's day blossoms like a red rose
A day of shattering solitude, murky and morose
The heart sans a murmur amidst unforgiving dessert land
As the murals of yesteryear fill with porous grains of sand
Valleys of rock and dunes of sand yet no sign of an oasis
No springs of life as the heart weeps in her sun-parched paralysis
The heart's silence eerie like a grotto of bats
Submerged in solitude and pain, the weary heart combats
Even the quest for love crumbling like a house of sticks
Even the beacon of hope flickering trapped in a shrine of bricks
Pessimism the endemic sap of the vessels of the heart
The holy grail of soaring dreams, a lost forgotten art
The heart a mausoleum where specters of ghosts dwell
As the scorching sun evaporated moisture from her wishing well
An existence living in the marginal lands in the stench of miasma
Breathing in toxic fumes of solitude in the absence of love's charisma
Groping through fogs of destiny inhaling mists of monotony
A heart searching for her liberation in the arms of love's autonomy
Valentine's day a celebration conceived from the legend of a martyr
A day of self-reflection for hearts in their melancholic bleu
As Valentine's day carves her place like the surge of the tide
For the porous sands of solitude to feebly abide
Love, a pond of water lilies to wade and gather
Love, the cadence of the ocean for a heart to lather
Love, the colorful flutter of wings of a dainty butterfly
Love, a starry night beckoning from her lofty high
Love the heart and soul of Saint Valentines
Yet to the lonesome man, a tapestry of solitude entwines

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A poem on loneliness

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 14, 2013



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