Thursday, 24 July 2014

Portrait of Kumar

Unnamed apostles and unnameable gargoyles
the elegant counterpointing
of grotesque and angelic
the twitter of the immovable
the stillness of the fluid
the swirl of moment among the seemingly timeless
the blush of the historicized
and brashness of the nondescript
passed over by chronicler
but who in anonymity and chance
offer everyday frills
so brick and marble can breathe
can speak, laugh and weep
the narratives of sculptor and faith
the Mephistophelean traps
of revelation and deceit
the clarities of the oblique
and the confusion of the smooth
the slanting by sun
the casting of doubt
the irreverence of assured orbits
and the interruption by human error
that other cathedralizing
in the gaze of a sansaric tourist
and as such
whose credentials
amateur or professional or bit of both
are unchecked
for reasons uncheckable.

Inspired by 'Nostalgie04' an exhibition of photographs of life in and our the Notre Dame by Kumar de Silva


  1. thank you malinda. i'm deeply honoured. as i said .... i follow my conscience at all times

  2. People have words of praise when they are no more . It is really nice to see this kind of things , when they are alive and can hear. Beautiful writing.

  3. Angela Seneviratne24 July 2014 at 23:03

    Expressions in black and white.. your words follow suit in like vein, beautiful and soulful.. there is a bit of light here and shadow there, where one cannot touch it... a bit of warmth here and a a whisper of the cool there .. so expressive so magical ! Thank you Malinda !