Dilantha Gunawardana

Kunta Kinte 2 - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Emancipation of the soul a long winding road
For a journeyman uprooted from his West-African horde
Called Kunta Kinte, born to the Mandinka tribe
To the ripple of a Gambian princess, the chambers eternally subscribe
Chained to the girth of an iron pole like a ravaging beast
Yet the forefathers' spirit reverberates in its fervent feast
The heart voluble in the midst of a burning inferno
One in spirit with the untamed pith of an active volcano
Waiting for Moira to light her bonfires of emancipation
For the heart to enrapture in freedom's elation
As hooded cowards glazed in coats of ivory raze with fire
The Gambian waters soothe the fiery heart with her coastal mire
Yet ripples of vengeance ransack the enflamed heart
As the dormant warrior in you rises like lava up a volcano shaft
Salvation a myth in these cruel tides of slavery
Reconciliation a delusion from the tethered misery
Yet amidst the raging inferno rallies a whisper of a calming voice
Of an untarnished legacy pledging the heart with freedom's sunrise
‘Son, you will rise like a dexterous phoenix to conquer your terrain'
‘To plant your seed in the shadow of no man'
A solemn pledge echoing from deep within the whispering heart
As dreams of emancipation levitate, the promise of a new start
As open valleys await like the promise of Canaan's homeland
To hoist the Mandinka heritage on the soil of an eternal promise land

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The promise of emancipation in 17th century America

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 21, 2013

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