Dilantha Gunawardana


Gossip


The soul impregnated by gossip
Of what drains through the ear lobes
Is a pollutant of dignity
Of upstanding citizens of humanity

For gossip arouses
The darkest nuances of man
As the soul searches for solace in slander
To bury the upstanding man
For each oasis is tarnished by dessert winds
As levitated sand sediments on lush mats of life

For man in his soul
Is a creature of contrast
Of what he possesses
And what is dispossessed from his neighbor
For the jewel that shines
Is buried by the wrath of mudslides

For gossip is like the wind
Knows no palisades, is pealed of shackles
She storms to all corners
Of this most turquoise globe
For the man in the mirror
Thrives on what pollutes the eardrums

Where the wind flows
The trees dance in a delicate rustle
A mortal celebration
Of what man cannot possess
Of which another soul has been gifted
The inimitability that rests unbleached

Gossip is not the diarrhea of the lips
But the sewage that drains through cartilage
Waste which is gold to the receiver
And gratuitous to the grantee
For the gravity of gossip does not rest
With the donor, but resides in mortal suction
Pulled down by black holes
That feed the nauseous psyche

Gossip, the lingering napalm
In the absence of fog masks
Of what mutates humanity
Yet preserves enmity

Submitted: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 24, 2014

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