Dilantha Gunawardana

The Samaritan Ship - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Your air of indifference
Your veil of apathy
To my fated predicament
Leaves me in the doldrums
Like a sinking ship
In the vehement storms
That obliterate
The true essence of mirth

As the shadow of Icarus
Falls on my vessel
As I am gripped with
The same paralyzing fear
That permeated a mythological warrior
Who succumbed
To the insatiable tides of the Aegean

As I sound the wailing siren
And light up the fireworks
To summon a savior
In the absence of your comforting light
To my crumbling edifice
With masts shattered
And deck boards uprooted

Then from the open ocean
A ferocious light was casted
Not from your august lighthouse
Standing her ground
But of a fellow ship
Carving the tumultuous waters
Galloping forward
To my capsized craft

As the murky waters of apathy
In the absence of your glimmer
Were illuminated
By the radiance of a torch
Of a fellow seafarer

For destiny
Doesn’t always
Lay an effulgent carpet
To anchor your vessel
To a tranquil harbor
On familiar shores

Yet lavishes
A journeying light
To find your destination
Beyond a million horizons
On migrant soil

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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