Saturday, January 12, 2013

කවි කරන්ට්ස් | The Garrison - [Mahesh Munasinghe | මහේෂ් මුණසිංහ]



Military ministers,
military government agents,
military ambassadors and
military counsel generals
are being newly appointed
Yes, dear friends, we are pleased

Military monastics preach
Military teachers teach
Military journalists lead
Nice! Everyone’s brainwashed
Yes, dear friends, we are pleased

Military leaders grab the lands
Military dozers crush the forests
Military resorts bloom over the bays
No worries, the kingdom is free & fine
Yes, dear friends, we are pleased

Military TV channels
repeat military triumphs
Military FM channels
dance with military tunes
Enjoy! This is the fantasy of wars
Yes, dear friends, we are pleased

Military abductions,
vicious military slaughters,
military rapes and tortures…
Nobody even questions
Yes, dear friends, we are pleased

Military authorities and rules,
with military guns and bombs
brush off the judiciary and courts
The court-martial is ready, though
Yes, dear friends, we are pleased

With mesmerized military thoughts
and day-to-day military talks,
we are living in military dreams
which bring us the coziness & ease
Yes, dear friends, we are still pleased

[Based on his own Sinhala poem titled “බලකොටුව (The Fortress)” written in August 2009.]

Mahesh Munasinghe | මහේෂ් මුණසිංහ