The lady at the Bank was so friendly
We’d known her a long, long time.
Extremely helpful she was to us
as she was the other day,
giving me a seat, going out of her way,
Helping me out with my work and then
She handed two forms to a woman
seated by my side.
I saw the woman hesitate,
look askance at the forms in her hands –
I could see she was a Tamil and poor ,
Didn’t know any English, for sure
But the two forms were
in Sinhala and English!
(Why not in Sinhala and Tamil?)
In broken Sinhala she tried to inquire
But my good lady brushed her aside –
she was too busy , she just turned away,
I looked on unbelieving in shock and dismay
And I then filled the forms, myself,
For the woman seated
by my side.