Dilantha Gunawardana


Flutter Of Independence - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

It's independence day as crowds flock to the square
To behold parades of color for a purifying stare
Amidst the celebration a structure stands tall in its place
Symbolizing the independence in its glowing grace

A flag symbolizes not merely the independence of a state
But the evolution of life in independence's fate
Marking the ethnic diversity with a demarcation of color
Not forgetting the blood that was shed in wartime valor

A flag portrays the essence of the generations ahead
Even marking the presence of the generations that are dead
The fusion of the present and the past with a piece of cloth
As generations gather at independence on February the fourth

Flags are present for each and every state
Mostly in rectangles as worldwide nations elate
There are those oddities a square like the Vatican or the Swiss
Or the triangles that symbolize Nepal's Himalayan bliss

Flags come in a thunderous explosion of color and joy
As nations parade on independence squares in a colorful convoy
Ever present on the façade of buildings and decks on ocean
As tapestries are interlaced unique in their design and evolution

A flag will narrate a story for future generations to come
A flag will hold her forte as independence sounds are strum
A flag will for an eternity symbolize the unity of a nation
A flag will portray the diversity of ethnic elation

I gaze at the fluttering flag that is lying in front of me
The vision of a structure that has never failed me
My beloved thank you for looking after our island nation
From colonialism and civil war to peace's jubilation


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Since it is independence weekend, a poem on the national flag

Comments about Flutter Of Independence by Dilantha Gunawardana

  • Kim Barney (11/15/2015 12:34:00 AM)


    Very nice. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 2, 2013



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