The Christmas Tree at Galle Face

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The Christmas tree rises tall above Galle Face
A metallic monster that has no leaf
And delicateness, all wires around a lattice
Just to enter the Guinness Book
Of Freaks and Franken-makes.

And over near Nuwara Eliya
There are bevies of fireflies on a pine tree
Christmassy yet news unworthy, illuminated
In nature’s lanterns and bringing much
Needed joy to the estate workers
Fighting for a meaningful day-wage

And in the Daily Mirror on the 25th of December
There are pictures of smiling politicians
Gathered around a giant Christmas tree
Promising a promiseland
Of good governance and transparency

And all the while you can see
Bright lights around a Frankentree
That becomes to the eyes of the faithless
As decorated as a white elephant
On a bridge to nowhere

Selling her glittering ivory
To a poor man’s opium dream

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Author: meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Poet of the unmechanical, unconstraint and unconditional, dreamer of near-perfection, lover of creativity, a man nearing the halfway mark of his life journey with mirth and sorrow, in that admixture of accidents and the muscle of anthropogenic fate, fighter of freedoms especially privacy, versatile sportsman, habitual humor artist, sporadic quotesman, man of science with curiosity as the fourth eye and perennial renaissance man who easily encounters boredom only to find something new to inspire.

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