nimal dunuhinga

Rookie - 151 Points (19, April,1951 / kalubovila East, Sri Lanka)

Mount Etna - Poem by nimal dunuhinga

[Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, close to Messina and Catania. It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. It is the tallest active volcano on the European continent, currently standing 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions. It is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km2 (459 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km. This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, being about two and a half times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius. Only Mount Teide in Tenerife surpasses it in the whole of the European–North-African region. In Greek Mythology, the deadly monster Typhon was trapped under this mountain by Zeus, the god of the sky and thunder and god of gods and creator of mankind, and the forges of Hephaestus were said to also be located underneath it.]

How strange
We're hang-gliding
over the volcano
Mount Etna.
Strange dream took me to port of Augusta in Sicily.
Libyan oil Tanker 'Um El Faroud' (08.02.84-10.01.85)
with English Officers
We take crude oil from Bengazhi
and bring here to refine.
When our work's over
O my old friend
Lionel Olupeliyawa!
You bring a big decanter of Wine
on your brave shoulder in the midnight
before the tavern closed.
Where're you now?
Still that taste of Wine remains
at the edge of my tongue
But my friend a very long lull
Where're you now?
Give a big shout my friend
from wherever you stand
like those days on the ship's deck,
still I am breathing like a horse!

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, September 12, 2013

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