Dilantha Gunawardana

King Coconuts

An immaculate orange robe fitting an august royal
As humanity is embellished by this bosom comrade loyal
Perched on the zenith of a gangly palm tree
Pristine in color yet an ingenious miracle in pedigree

A mutant coat sculpted by his genetic heirloom
As the peasantry of green surrendered to the jaws of doom
As from the secluded isles of serendipitous sand
Rose an endearing enigma of an inimitable brand

Beneath the orange murals lies his succulence of water
As thirsty lips are quenched by spurts of a scrumptious geyser
As alabaster skins are pealed from her shrouded inner wall
To mastermind the common man thirst’s spectacular fall

A journey from peasantry from a lineage of insipid waters
As an inland ocean metamorphosed to a concoction of nectars
As mortal rings of sugar surrendered to her pristine fluidity
To colonize the tongue to a taste sculpted by forces of serendipity

As the poor man lifts the bounty of his blood siblings
As the labor of life perpetuates in misery’s patchwork labyrinths
As vendors plod sinuous miles for the lure of the rupee
The common man’s thirst is quenched by his imperial decree

King coconut, a noble fruit, carrying in his womb, the fountain of vitality
King coconut, the nectar, streaming in tides, to conquer taste’s indomitability
King coconut, a reservoir, sprouting to the open in the subtlety of a spurt
As to his therapeutic waters surrendered the common man’s thirst

Submitted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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A poem on the king coconut, a common sight in Sri Lanka

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  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (1/25/2014 12:23:00 AM)

    King coconut, a reservoir, sprouting to the open in the subtlety of a spurt
    As to his therapeutic waters surrendered the common man’s thirst

    a wonderful tribute to a wonder fruit! (Report) Reply

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