I have no image of the vault
or shelves, or tables with lamps
scholars use to consult books.

I am seeing the library
from a great distance, pleased
that the building stands again,

imagining donations of contents,
the desire to establish pride
in the ancient Tamil culture

while its language hides
outside, speaking to soldiers,
shopkeepers, priests

in charge of newly-fashioned
stupas, replete with reclining
buddhas, in Sinhalese.

  • RE

    “while its language hides outside, speaking . . . . . in Sinhalese”

    Brilliant, as always!

  • Real_Peace

    A ‘virtual’ library indeed… thank you for sharing this.

    — request for anyone who is familiar with editing Wikipedia:
    I understand there is an independent documentary on the Jaffna burning library. The link for the wikipedia entry for the documentary didn’t work.(under external links) can you fix this?