Yet, the faint thump of a rhythm of a heartbeat
Screams “Rise up! There’s a lot to be done”.
And while that beat still beats in us
We will not give up the fight,
The fight that a thousand warriors fought
To quell darkness with peace and light.
This land is NEVER to be divided.
This land is NEVER to be burned.
This land is NEVER to be terrorized.
Let this be heard across the world.
For every attempt to tear us apart
Will be a waste, will be in vain,
‘Cause in this home that we call Sri Lanka
We are all one, and all the same.
Our churches have been ravaged,
Hundreds of innocents slain,
We weep as one community,
Our tears know no religion, only pain.
This pain will only fuel us
To unite as one strong voice,
The voice of a peace-loving nation
Drowning out the Extremists’ noise.
Watch how we all rally together,
Casting caste and creed aside,
This land of harmonious Humans
Will tame any threatening tide.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This VALE with futuristic hopes and demands is clearly a heartfelt response to the terror and tragedy inflicted on Sri Lanka. An university friend sent it to me and it is not clear to me whether the author is male or female. That matters not. Its goals and demands seem unrealistic: apart from the Sinhala-Tamil divide, we have a Sinhala-Muslim divide; and then there is the divide between the UNP camp and the Rajapaksa camp — with personnel on both sides inclined towards visceral positions towards each other [as Bill Deutrom observed during his recent sojourn in the island).
Such ‘clinical’ assessments notwithstanding, the depth of sentiment is commendable and evokes motifs which we would want all Sri Lankans to take to heart.
- Juliet Coombe: “Stay resolute. Visit Lanka” says Juliet from Galle,” 24 April 2019, https://thuppahis.com/2019/04/24/stay-resolute-visit-lanka-says-juliet-from-galle/#more-35172
- Michael Roberts: “Hatreds. Chasms. Bill Deutroms Insights on the Political Impasse in Sri Lanka,” 16 Decemebr 201
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