Love is above dust

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O, brother, immature,
don’t sling dust and mud,
for you can never pick
those flowers, sky-bound,
by slinging mud and dust.

They stand above mud,
and dust will fling down
and dirt your own face.

They are true lovers,
whose hearts, flooded with love,
wash the dirt of their feet.
Pick those flowers with a stick
and place them at their feet.

But never sling mud
for dust will fling back
and dirt your own face.

Flowers kept at an altar
spread pleasant fragrance,
but bees that roam around,
never rock them
seeking dark honey.

So, never sling mud
for dust will fling back
and dirt your own face.

Image source: Pixabay

උන් සැබෑ පෙම්වතුන්

අහස දෙසට නැමි මල්
මල්ලියේ,
බිම දමන්න බෑ
දැළි, දූළි දමා ගසමින්
ඒ දූළි හඹා විත්
උඹෙ මුහුණ සිපගනී.

උන් සැබෑ පෙම්වතුන්
සිත පෙමින් පිරුණු
ගත සිතින් තැවුණු
පුදාපන් නටුවෙන් කැඩූ
ඒ මල් වළින්.

දැළි, දූළි දමා නොගසන්.
ඒ දූළි හඹා විත්
උඹෙ මුහුණ සිපගනී.

පුදසුනේ පිදුනු මල්
සුවඳ දුන් නමුත්
දුටුවේද සළෙළු බමරුන්
නටනු වඳුරු වන්නම්?

දැළි, දූළි දමා නොගසන්.
ඒ දූළි හඹා විත්
උඹෙ මුහුණ සිපගනී.

Copyright © September 6, 2019, Newton Ranaweera

20 thoughts on “Love is above dust

  1. Gorgeous imagery and philosophically profound, Newton. I love the idea of Karma. If you do good things you will receive good things, but if you act in an evil manner towards the flowers and towards any living creature, this evil will come to you as well as with the dust that will “dirt your own face.” As usual, I love that you have included the two languages.

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