Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Aukana replica on Bauddhaloka Mawatha

In these regions resides not
an errant prince 
who his father buries alive
for refusing to reveal 
where the royal riches were kept
no, just kings who calls on sons
divides wealth as fit

In that vast conference hall
where the kala wewa ought to have been
international book fairs - exhibitions and sales - beautiful dances
passionate debates among ancient seers
of philosophies numbering sixty two
theatre - skincare — cookery demonstrations
like the five blossoms sway

Every now and then arrives someone looking for true image within a replica
tarries a moment or two seeking to detect in replica an error
someone who hasn’t seen original is by replica pleased

original and replica in identical pose remain

[Translation of Ruwan Bandujeewa's poem "බෞද්ධාලෝක මාවතේ අවුකන අනුරුව" in 'මීළඟ මීවිත' (The Next Wine)]

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