Dilantha Gunawardana


A Clay Lamp Poem by Dilantha Gunawardana


A clay lamp
Perfectly blending with
The internal ridges
Of twin intercalated palms
Enwrapped together
Like a Bo leaf
Hold a flickering flame
Rippling in the mildest of mistrals
On the pristine sands of a temple
As the oil burns serenely
On their open palms
Faith blossoms like an eternal flame
In the hearts of the faithful
A time-tested elixir
That remedies the soul
To reach a state of bliss
Infused from a tranquilizing ataraxia
As a clay lamp
Embodies the glow of faith
Of a serendipitous island nation

Submitted: Friday, April 05, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 10, 2013

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