Where have they all gone?

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Rising darkness
heightens my loneliness,
and this rosy dusk and dilemma:
where to go, to which place,
is there a single plate of rice,
at least, a cup of tea
and a single bed,
waiting to be shared with me,
intensify my misery.

Calves that playfully
hopped around;
bulls that raised the dust,
butted their heads against
and chased the intruders;
and the shepherd boys
who guarded them…
where have they gone
against the rising darkness?

Bird youths that sang
to amuse their lovers
and bird damsels that danced
tossing their heads
and balancing their legs
rhythmically
to the tune of violins…
where have they gone
against the rising darkness?

Tired Sun
who peeped through
foliage and branches,
and with a tender smile
stroked my head
and
my heart…
where has he gone,
all gone
against the rising darkness,

leaving me here alone
on a rock-bench beneath this tree?

Copyright © August 10, 2018, Newton Ranaweera
Image source: Pixabay

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