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Dilantha Gunawardana


Brothers


I carried you in my arms
Behind enemy lines
In the face of the exploding wrath
Of erect gun barrels
When the furtive eyes are masked
By a fog of gunpowder
Even the rising napalm

I carried you
Plodding on puddles of blood
In between thickets of detonation
Paralyzed by tormenting fear
Guided by moonlight
And her sisterly troupe of stars
Holding you in my arms
As you succumbed to the trauma
Of a runaway bullet

I could you hear your lingering whispers
That danced round and round
In the night breeze
As you summoned your beloved, her aura
That will perpetuate within you
Forever and after
As my lips valiantly echoed your name
In your final surrender
To a macabre dance that unifies mankind

As I languished
On my wobbling knees
As tears befell my eye sockets
I softly closed your eye lids
And parted with a prayer
A farewell to my brother
Who will walk with a purple badge
In the hallways of martyrs
In the heavens above

For true brothers
Are not made of blood

Only of war…….

Submitted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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