Dilantha Gunawardana


The Drunkard - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Half past ten
In an eerie wet night
Staring at a deluge from the heavens
Kissing drops of Jupiter
As my lips taste your aura
Soaked in your mesmerizing veneer
Glowing in the sporadic thunderbolts from above
A mirage of you in the intricacies of my doldrums
The psyche waning in hues of melancholy
In the absence of your touch
That could levitate me to the heavens
In tectonic vibrations
As the volcanoes of my dormant passion
Erupt in the shrouded craters of your oasis

The tremor wakes me from my drunken trance
As I gaze at the wine glass gripping my sweaty palms
Moist from your invisible passion
Then I see you again
Your hourglass perfection
In the contours of glass
Filled with the reds of your naïve zeal
That caught my prowling eyes
That destined day
When we met in the virgin monsoons
In a perfect design of the cartographer god
A rendez-vous under nature's tears of joy
That soaked our fledgling hearts
One umbrella leading to one heart…...Of us

I remember our wonderful journey through the passage of time
From fledgling strangers
To an eternity blessed from the gods
An eternity that was ruptured that fateful day
When the angels from the heavens took you from my arms
I was powerless against the ravenous currents
That nuanced our charitable Christmas
As I saw you drift away my love
The currents of fate too strong
Even for a union master-minded by the gods
Now I stand here in my millions of memories of you
Drowning in a reality I can't control
Waiting for my second chance with you
When we can walk in the clouds hand in hand
You are still in my grasp my love
As I sip you
Drop by drop
In my vulnerable ascent to you
A drunkard searching for the spirits of eternity
With you my love


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The story of a melancholic lover who has lost his soul mate.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 16, 2013


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