Dilantha Gunawardana


Queen Lear - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Carried in her a rapturous hearth
Wrapped in placental cotton, a miraculous birth
Golden sands of autumn mirth
Yet the tides walloped, Queen Midas's firth

Words wrapped in quaint verse
Failed to part her newborn's lips, echoes terse
A cradle buried in soot, a harrowing hearse
Her bundle in an eternal slumber amidst god's murmurs

Sarcophagus molded in marble and stone
As the weeping lacrimals in madness atone
For mistakes burgundy's path had frantically blown
A night's magic, now a snowy winter to endlessly mourn

As the lullabies unfolded in the passing breeze
Draped was a bundle in virgin white, thrown to the seas
As her autumn's leaves fell to nature's lofty fees
The beauty levitated to a heavenly lullaby's tease

As down trickles a carnage in momentous tears
Crevices and fissures fail to pave the veneers
Yet the voracious voices within wail, cacophonous are one's own jeers
As she succumbs to embrace her fate, my dear Queen Lear

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A poem on the death of a newborn and the mother's descent to madness

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 11, 2012



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