Dilantha Gunawardana


The Perpetual Tribe


Borne out of blood
Imposed upon by birth
Incarcerated by your genetic heirloom
Barcoded by phenotypic similitude
Convened by the inimitability of culture
Demarcated by geographical boundaries
Characterized by time-tested rituals and customs
Lies an immovable mountain
Insular in her uncontaminated legacy
Pledging never to disband like a den of indomitable lions
Guarding her heritage like a sentinel at an outpost
A troupe banded by the fraternity of kinship
Perpetuating within their chosen enclave
Defying subjugating winds of evolution
Standing tall like a coconut grove within a thicket of shrubs
Stamping her identity in the folios of time
As an elemental tribe in the crucible of mankind

Submitted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Edited: Thursday, September 05, 2013
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A poem on a tribe that has resisted colonialism and change

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  • Patricia Grantham (5/31/2013 8:01:00 AM)

    A very unique write about life living as a tribe.
    There is unity, strength and a sense of belonging. They
    stand together as one. Enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

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