suspended between disavowal and acquisition
starving the corporeal and feeding the spirit
from a known somewhere far away
to an unknown destination believed in
through childhood, youth and old age
leaving footprints to be erased and renewed
in the habit of custom and faith
with sun, wind, water and dust
in their preferred arrivals, departures and unions
and time as witness of histories that matter little
in the going and the gone —
verities present in their invisibility.
The devout crossing the Kumbukkan Oya near Okanda on their way to Kataragama.