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Namo namo Matha

Mother Lanka - we salute thee,
But the saltute is lately only military

Plenteous in prosperity, thou,
Plenty also the terror that seems to grow

Beauteous in grace and love,
Find everything that you’re dreaming of

Laden with corn and luscious fruit
Meals nutritious and tasty, like they should

And fragrant flowers of radiant hue,
Of the war’s horros nature gives us no clue

Giver of life and all good things,
And of all the struggles human life brings

Our land of joy and victory,
It still maintains some kind of colonial glory

Receive our grateful praise sublime,
For our country seems to be in its prime

Lanka, we worship thee.

Thou gavest us knowledge and truth,
But forgotten is the barely functioning truce

Thou art our strength and inward faith,
Ruined is our children’s once promising fate

Our light, divine and sentient being,
Living in paradise is such a marvellous thing

Breath of life and liberation,
Four different religions in perfect integration

Grant us, bondage free, inspiration,
For a brighter future people turn to emigration

Inspire us for ever,
Peace, we’ll find it not sooner, not later, never

In wisdom and strength renewed,
The charms of Asian beauty can be viewed

Ill-will, hatred, strife all ended,
But these days they are stubbornly defended

In love enfolded, a mighty nation
Prepares with bomb blasts its own cremation

Marching onward, all as one,
Many a good deed is admittedly still done

Lead us, Mother, to fullest freedom,
Hopefully fighting will one day be overcome
Another poem belonging to my 'Sri Lanka' series.
The lines in italic taken from an official English translation of the national anthem of Sri Lanka.

Here are the other poems for this anthology I'm working on:

gossip [link]
journey [link]
enchantress [link]
monsoon happens [link]
geometry [link]
animalism [link]
trading traditions [link]
the sea [link]
please sir [link]
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Whazel Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This is very moving my dear. Wonderful work and so meaningful!
yay, you're reading one of my poems! :D
sorry, but makes me feel glad that you're reading and reviewing - and liking! :hug:
Whazel Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
And I promise I'll be reading more too. You've got a way with words my dear! :hug:
awww... what a wonderful compliment, hunni! :hug:
definitely looking forward to reading more feedback by you. :-)
robert-kim-karen Nov 8, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
it is. this country has so much beauty and potential but it's being wasted...
robert-kim-karen Nov 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Seems to forever be the nature of mankind.
oh so true! :-(
robert-kim-karen Nov 8, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this very much. The contrast of cheerful patriotism and grim reality works very well, though sometimes I can't tell whether you're being ironic or not. (Breath of life and liberation/Four different religions in perfect integration, is probably the best example of this.) It might read a little smoother if you didn't use so much caustic humour, actually. But still, it's a unique idea.

I also like that you use slant rhymes instead of trying to force things. My particular favourite line is
Grant us, bondage free, inspiration,
For a brighter future people turn to emigration

Nice poem.
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