Dilantha Gunawardana


End Of Innocence


When the flames within
Are awakened
By roadside innocence

Bony edifices speckled
With mosquito marks
The size of polka dots
Dancing on puddles of rain
On murky street corners

The conscience awakens
To the retinal impression
The heart gallops
Hoisting her flag of social justice
The soul soaks, flushed of love
Longing for meaningful change

Yet, in spite of the mercurial forces within man
He possesses an impotent tongue
Silenced by his own Achilles heel
The need for a collective identity

The pillow of society
That erects pillars of society
Within barcoded ghettos
Neanderthal havens
When the tongue is numb
Silenced by herd behavior
Cattle to the slaughter
To the slaughterhouse of perdition

Oh the tragedy
When tears metamorphose to icicles
When the bonfires within
Are extinguished
By cold damp winds of apathy

Murine faces with regal sceptres
Gnawing the rope of goodwill
Until there is enough rope
To coil a perfect noose
For apathy is but glorified suicide
As the heart ceases to exist
With no sprouts of benevolence
Nor blossoms of kindness

Just the residual heartbeat
Of effigies masquerading as pillars
Paper fools with marble dreams
Feeding on the nectar of cupidity

Until ashes resurrect
from the flesh of man
When blood feeds
The shrouded aquifers
When the soul of man
Is summoned to a macabre dance
That unifies humanity

Only then will man
See the celestial light

When angels sing
With empty arms
On their way to heaven

Submitted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Edited: Monday, August 19, 2013
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A poem on widespread apathy

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