Trying to fill an empty canvas
Colonel Fazly Laphir

In memory of Colonel Fazly Laphir, PWV, RWP, RSP, Commanding Officer, 1st Regiment Special Forces, who died in action on July 19, 1996 while on a rescue mission in Mullaitivu

My Dearest, Darling Fazly

Crimson sun sets over the ocean,
Full moon over the silver waves,
Lonely traveller in the midnight train,
Sky highlights in darkest sights.

Prem Joshua plays in place of the birds,
Basho, Rumi and Tagore inspire my world,
Have it all I have dreamt of to fulfil the dream,
Yet something is missing – it’s nothing but you.

Lonely empty canvas awaiting my touch
Stands on the easel. I pick up my brush,
I try to find the form in the void,
And then I find the void in the form.

Your ever-loving Ano

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