SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – LAST PICTURES OF DAY 3 – SIGIRIYA – A LONG WAY DOWN

by Antonio Gil May. 21, 2019 778 views
The start of a long way down

The start of a long way down

Stop to enjoy the sunset

Stop to enjoy the sunset

Some narrow passages along the way

Some narrow passages along the way

Another stop to enjoy the sunset

Another stop to enjoy the sunset

Before turning into a fortress, the caves on top of Sigiriya were used as a place to live and meditate by Buddhist monks in the 3rd Century BC

Before turning into a fortress, the caves on top of Sigiriya were used as a place to live and meditate by Buddhist monks in the 3rd Century BC

Cobra Hood Cave, named for its uncanny resemblance to that snake’s head.

Cobra Hood Cave, named for its uncanny resemblance to that snake’s head.

♫♫ Romantic Poem of King Kasyapa of Sigiriya by Amaranath Ranatunga ♫♫

Michael Ondaatje’s Sigiriya poem “Women Like You.”

They do not stir

these ladies of the mountain

do not give us

the twitch of eyelids.

The king is dead.

They answer no one

take the hard

rock as lover

Women like you

make men pour out their hearts

‘Seeing you I want

no other life’

‘The golden skins have

caught my mind’

who came here

out of the bleached land

climbed this fortress

to adore this rock

and with the solitude of the air

behind them

carved an alphabet

whose motive was perfect desire

wanting these portraits of women

to speak

to caress.

Hundreds of small verses

by different hands

became one

habit of the unrequited.

Seeing you
I want no other life
and turn around
to the sky
and everywhere below
jungle, waves of heat
secular love

Holding the new flowers
a circle of
first finger and thumb
which is a window
to your breast

pleasure of the skin
earring earring

curl
of the belly
and then
stone mermaid
stone heart
dry as a flower
on rock
you long eyed women

the golden
drunk swan of breasts
lips
the long long eyes

we stand against the sky
I bring you
a flute
from the throat
of a loon
so talk to me
of a used heart

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 9 months ago

WOW!!! You two find the most interesting places I never knew existed! Lovely camera work with very creative POVs!

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 8 months ago

Just arrived from a wonderful new travel experience my friend. Thank you so much Jay

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 8 months ago

I'll be looking forward to your photo reports!
Glad you are "back in the saddle", Amigo!

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
José Manuel 1 year, 9 months ago

#1+1

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 1 year, 9 months ago

smile

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Joe Zink 1 year, 9 months ago

Great perspective in #1, Antonio, I got dizzy just by looking at it smile 
#5 is wonderful, so peaceful looking...

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Joe Zink 1 year, 9 months ago

Thank you dear Joe. It was a rather enjoyable end of day. smile

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski 1 year, 9 months ago

So much to love in this set! The sunsets are all beautiful, and what an imposing view of the cobra rock. Also, an excellent choice of poem. smile

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 9 months ago

That poem was a big headache to find. Thanks dear friend smile

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 1 year, 9 months ago

#1 #7 IMPRESSIVE

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Olga Helys 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks for stopping by dear friend

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Russell Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

The setting sun is quite stunning. The view going down is almost enough to give one vertigo.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

In some places the descent was not easy. Thanks my friend

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Francesc 1 year, 9 months ago

Fantastic set I love the sun shots

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 1 year, 9 months ago

Thank you dear friend. It was a nice view to have when going down. smile

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 1 year, 9 months ago

Seriously, did you time the length it took you to climb up/down, if so how long was it. BTW #4 is just enchanting!

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 9 months ago

About 2 hours to go up and 1h 30m to go down. Thanks dear friend smile

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