Dilantha Gunawardana


The Migrant Grey


As you gaze out of your window
To witness blankets of snow
Memories flood in
Like the tide of the ocean
As your nomadic mind
Surrenders to the mother soil
Where your roots were once laid

A land where coconut groves
Intercalate with lush cultivars of rice
Where the wines of the earth are bottled
In meandering rivers and archaic tanks
Where inner beauty is ubiquitous
Even in acts of human deed
Where contagious smiles impart warmth
Walking hand in hand
Under the tropical sun

Yet now, the mind has chosen her home
In a far-away land
In the shadow of a new flag
Where the masala of skin tones
Burgeons the heart
Where the passing seasons
Unveil new beginnings
Even new longings
To the journeying heart

As the chambers rapture
To a Vivaldi masterpiece
That grows on you
As you surrender to her resonance
Yet the vestigial drum beats
Of your forefathers
Remain in the abyssal depths
Of your trekking heart

For the migrant heart
Is rarely
Black or white
But lives in
Many shades of grey

In a montage
Of new beginnings and old musings

Submitted: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
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