The Lost Sonnet of Don Lambodar

If an ocean between us lay,

I would drink it in a single draught,

Bring the boats all to dock,


You to berth within my bay.

I would make a harbour of my heart

For your every breath, lock


Your pulse, your heavenly

Dreams and desires. I would race

The sun to kiss your feet,

Sea horses and sea birds. Even beat

the moon to bathe your face,

and ferry us from fear. I ask only:


A tender word to make some sweet contrast.

Pray moisten this desert, make it bloom at last.

Don Lambodar is the young interpreter in Romesh Gunesekera’s novel, The Prisoner of Paradise.


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