Dilantha Gunawardana


Timbuktu - Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana

Beyond the Saharan dunes lies the shrouded mystery of Timbuktu
A golden mecca, an archaic metropolis of Africa true
Basking in the heavenly tides of the river Niger
Echoing her legacy like the growl of an indomitable tiger
Islam her true motto and cosmopolitan her sophisticated view
As she welcomes trekking travelers journeying in queue
As an internal civil war razed, as her destiny was uprooted
As warriors in blue veils sacrificed their lives for a cause deemed feted
As civilian strive to preserve the birth rite of the sapphire of North Africa
Where once traders flourished even under the cover of star
Her legacy desecrated like the towering Bamiyan sculptures
As terrorists of the soil ambushed the city center's acres
Now an evacuated ghost town bathing in the fragrance of nostalgia
As she pouts with a brave face shrouding her burning algesia
Yet, hope floats like a feather, for her revival like a phoenix
To bask once gain in the opulence of her culture from her contemporary nix
To unravel to us all the soul of her civilization, the essence of Timbuktu
A true heaven on earth in the midst of surging tides of the Niger blue


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Ode to the ancient metropolis Timbuktu

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 25, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, January 25, 2013


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