Mar 292012

In 5th century B.C., according to Michael Odaatje in Running in the Family, poems were scratched onto the rock face of Sigiriya–the rock fortress of a despot king. These were short verses to the painted women in the frescoes which spoke of love in all its confusions and brokenness. Poems to mythological women who consumed and overcame mundane lives. The phrases saw breasts as perfect swans;eyes long and clean as horizon. The anonymous poets returned again and again to the same metaphors. These were the first folk poems of the country.”

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