Dilantha Gunawardana


Finding Neverland


Will my condemned soul find the shrine of love
In the magical lyricism of a vow
Amidst doves with fluttering wings
And levitating balloon strings
Or will my blistered feet be plodding alone
In the absence of a Samaritan to condone
Amidst stares of a voracious vulture
A mere stranger to a serendipitous culture
Will the convivial arms of a mystical land
Embrace a trekker plodding on porous sand
For my idle feet to root to a magical soil
To plant my seed where love banishes toil
A checkerboard land where prosperity surmounts
A tapestry of treacle rivers and snow-capped mounts
A land uprooted of sinister memories
Embellished with anecdotes of incarnate reveries
A land like no other, seeping her innate charm
Like a harbor for lost souls, waters of an enduring calm
Then from afar I see a sign glowing in the sun
As my feet metamorphose to a sprightly run
As I ran across to the sign, the feet patting against the terrain
The sign read ‘Neverland’, nirvana for a boy trapped in a man

Submitted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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A poem on finding a sanctuary in the absence of love

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