Thursday, March 25, 2010

Because We Were Not There [Ajith C. Herath]

Because We Were Not There

Once I dreamt,
of drawing you, only you,
but I woke up,
before I was done.
By then, I had become a matchstick man
in a scribbling of your childhood’s morn.

Everyone in your house
with its front door barred
was looking through windows,
all except you.
Flowers were blooming in your garden,
your ragdoll lying among them,
but you were not to be seen.

Traces you left
along the deep blue river,
where shoals of goldfish swam,
took me to distant green hills,
but not to you.

Blackbirds flying
over a yellow sun
in a blue and white sky
never led me to you.

But a prisoner of your
childhood’s landscape,
among the hills and valleys,
its rivers and dales
I looked for you, never finding.

When one night
I dreamt again
of my picture of you,
as you looked on,
tongues of fire
devoured the canvas
leaving the frame.

When they finally came
and looked through,
all were alive, except you and I.

Ajith C. Herath 2002
Translated by HirJa

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

We are the time. We are the famous [Jorge Luis Borges]

We are the time. We are the famous

We are the time.
We are the famous metaphor from Heraclitus* the Obscure.

We are the water, not the hard diamond,
the one that is lost, not the one that stands still.

We are the river and we are that greek
that looks himself into the river.
His reflection changes into the waters of the changing mirror,
into the crystal that changes like the fire.

We are the vain predetermined river,
in his travel to his sea.

The shadows have surrounded him.
Everything said goodbye to us, everything goes away.

Memory does not stamp his own coin.

However, there is something that stays
however, there is something that bemoan.

-Jorge Luis Borges-

*Heraclitus of Ephesus (535–c. 475 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, who was called "The Obscure," and the "Weeping Philosopher." Heraclitus is famous for his doctrine of change being central to the universe, as stated in his famous saying, "You cannot step twice into the same river."