Dilantha Gunawardana

Message In A Bottle - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Jogging on the outer banks
Where the many tidal currents flank
Golden sandy beaches in their nakedness
Soaking in their serene softness

On the beach I found a message in a bottle
Addressed to Katherine from Gareth's life's throttle
True love which is pristine pure
For me the tonic the optimum heart's cure

True love only finds you once in a lifetime
Some people wait for true love for a lifetime
Others die for the pursuit of true love
Where as I was rejuvenated by a bottle in a cove

His love for her was passionate yet simple
Carrying the torch for a women an angel in a wimple
She was his compass in life's daily conundrums
Even when the sails were shattered in the ocean's doldrums

For I was smitten by two people's capacity to love
I sought Gareth with the possibility of a treasure trove
Of a man who's love was unconditional yet real
Can I be a Katherine and find my own true north for real

He was all the letter could unravel and even more
A simple man from the outer banks sea shore
A cottage on the ocean with the paitre beside
Living a boat restorer's life beach by his side

Love blossomed as sparks scattered the spheres
But love's expiry date manifested with the downpour of tears
As when love was blooming between two middle aged adults
The winds brought in the unforgiving death cults

It was a tragedy that unfolded in the oceans
As he was leaving behind every trace of Katherine and her tractions
Fate intervened as another's boat capsized
For Gareth to be an unsung hero for the salvage of lives prized

A hero lives a life that captivates one to the masses
A hero is immortalized in novels and canvasses
A hero came in to my life even for the briefest of time
Oh why god does in my life the pain of loss is prime

Now I will take solace that I found this man
That left an impeccable mark that will haunt my life span
True love that will always be a flickering torch in my dark
True love that will sprinkle forever a simple's man's spark

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Ode to the movie 'Message in a Bottle'

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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