Foot on accelerator – head knocking against roof
Shake to the left – elbow jamming into door
Thrust to the right – knee jutting against gear
Foot on breaks – head crashing into seat
All neck muscles straining
All back muscles paining
Would you consider complaining?

Bends like jutting elbows
Rocks like jammed knees
Narrow hair-pin passages gone astray
Hair-pin removing jolts on the way
Passangers openly swearing
Car and body need repairing
Would you come close to despairing?

Pot holes with bits of road in between
Bumped and dumped into ditches
Thoroughly shaken and stirred
Whipped up limbs reassembling
While the car continues scrambling
Up a mountain and down a hill
Two paces forward, one lapse back

It’s a journey full of aches and pains
But a reward awaits the daring traveller
It’s a relief from all ills and burdens
When the destination is reached at last
A sigh of contentment, a breath of fresh air
A sight for sore eyes, a treat for your ears
When you eventually behold this miracle

Endless fertile plains – greener than green
Rolling hills and soaring mountain ranges
Paddy field terraces – natural symmetry
Singing birds, mooing cows, a voice or two
Fruitful labour – hands harvesting crops
A lonesome hut with a self-fulfilling life
Oh, how you indeed behold this miracle!

Gazing up high – birds flying colourfully by
A glance to the left – a farmer in the fields
A glimpse to the right – elephants stomp along
Staring out ahead – a scenery so worthwhile
You rub your back and you rub your eyes
What a torture endured, what a view enjoyed
Would you not embark on this journey again?


Devika Fernando

München, Germany

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The second poem for my ‘Sri Lanka’ series.

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