Thursday, 16 February 2017


“O Father
why do we not go
for the Ploughing Festival?
Even the king today
will step into the paddy field..
should we not this silence break
and inform them all
how we made fertile this soil
hidden in the bowels of the earth?”

“Little one,
the blade of the mammoty
must into the dark mud cut
and of those who fertilized
and those who did not
is quite unconcerned —
so dig deeper into the dark mud
for son,
it is inadvisable 
to crawl 
to surface openness”

[translation of "ගැඩවිල්ලු" from the collection "මීළඟ මීවිත" (The next wine) by Ruwan Bandujeewa]

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