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Dilantha Gunawardana


Creature Of War


When gun barrels gaze at
Open fontanelles
When bullets are the rainbows
To the raining tears

When civil war deracinates
Life from the soul of the earth
When turquoise waves
Surrender to the wrath of torpedoes

When napalm droplets condense
To mutilate the innocence of man
When children chase upright ghosts
To be comforted by the bosoms of angels

When god stands still
Gazing at his reflection in hell
When worms lavish in banquets
Feasting on decaying flesh

When sirens wail from the lungs
Of mechanical banshees
When man nurses his wounds
With the wrath of gunpowder

There lies a fated decree
Of a deeply protracted war
As blind men sing egoistical psalms
To the tune of requiems
As peasants march on in garrisons
To the vestibules of hell

Oh the tragedy of war
For a blind man is tinder to belligerence
As he gazes at the next horizon
For his next fix of glory

As children of a lesser god
Plod on in pools of limbs
For war is a chimeric creature
With jaws of wrath and eyes of apathy
When man bleeds dry
And no end is nigh

Submitted: Friday, October 25, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 25, 2013

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A poem on a protracted war

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