Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Kelani Viharaya

What is the underside of delicate 
if not the coarse,
what is the reverse of  transience 
if not firm of faith,
where is the resolution 
of opposites
the unity of  the disparate 
what is the name of that mark
whner lay ends and bikkhu begins,
where is the path 
and what signs say 
‘this way is illusion
and that, 
it is not known
but will be
by and by,
it is believed.

[Inspired by the photography of Dileeshiya Ilangakoan]

Monday, 8 September 2014

Leaf Song

Leaf-days and leaflessness
time-swept lives that came,
stayed and went away,
cloud formations ever re-configuring,
thoughts that strayed
and things that remained
sentinels see it all
but some hear all secrets
of careless yield
and forget
in conveniences learned
for things that come
must move or perish
like leaves that find root
and nourish
in cycles pre-determined
in un-inked long-agos.


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Guaranteed Refuge

Veneration has residences
tarries on fingertips
ancient combinations
of movement and tune
the working on drum
tight whip-grip
replication of lightning
invoking in scripted order
an outcome collectively sought;
veneration is a thread
running through pageant
whispering through music
the festival of sound
a thin light-sliver
stitching devotion
side stepping spectacle
and in the midst of it all
the silent acknowledgment
of enduring giver
of unmeasured strength
assured, assured, assured refuge:
the Dalada Hamuduruwo.