Dilantha Gunawardana


The Beggar Of Love - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

The diction of the heart
A flickering flame of hope
Gasping for air in the crowded streets
Where a lone beggar sits with a signpost in his hand
Begging for an attentive ear or a sparing gaze
To his stagnant dreams, in the caves of hibernation
Trapped in murky grottoes of an endless winter
Where no woman listens nor enters
Nor gazes at you with an endearing eye
A beggar yearning for a kind soul
Like the Samaritan woman who befriended Jesus
To hear his story of the one who never lived nor loved
The Tuareg with a blue veil who never thread on an oasis
The vibrant seed that fell on granite rocks
Never to germinate, to narrate his own colorful tale of an earthly love
A beggar stranded with no water of life, nor the fragrance of love
Carrying in his temple, the legacy of a million deaths
A million dreams evaporated by scorching rays of time
Yearning for a cactus oasis or a drizzle of rain
Stranded in the Saharan sands destitute of love

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A self-evident poem on a lonesome begger of love

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 13, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, January 14, 2013


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