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I gazed at the clear blue sky.
Silently watched the clouds pass by,
Can I rip it open...
Take a look in,
Search for new meaning in life?
Now I gazed at the bubbling river,
Though its echoes bellowed at me...
Like an approaching unicorn,
I wanted to dig deep...
In search of new knowledge.
When the aching eyes,
Fell back on my weary self
The electric shock reminded me,
There's a hollow within me
I'm in the present now
Unless I gaze at you
In the still morning hours
From your scriptures
How can I face
The chores mounting up
In my day?
Beady eyes once vibrantly alive,
swimming with the liquidity of the chase,
made soft by slow Serengeti sunsets,
now gazed, a vacant moth-eaten gaze.
Dust veiled they seem to be looking inwards,
at fragments of life, once dear, now long gone.
Their days were filled with dancing grasses, lush prey, acacia trees.
afore forgiving the sting of a hunter's rifle,
a taxidermist's blade, a curator's indifference.
Perhaps their hopelessness is mirrored in our own eyes,
As we the curious gaze on, unperturbed.
are like raindrops.
in strength and number
growing faster and more furious and more tangible until at last
there are so many you just get drenched and drowned and lashed and
hurt and there seems to be no escape.
but when you
look into my eyes
I think I see a shelter from the rain of doubt
seeping into my mind.
that your gaze would give me refuge from the deluge?
A famous painter
Who portrayed powerful visages
In the most endearing light,
Was summoned by a wealthy man
To paint the portrait of his child.
The painter gazed
At the young girl's flawless face,
And the flowing lines of her figure.
He stood mesmerised
By the intensity of her gaze.
Framed her blue-black eyes.
His mind wandered
In a convoluted maze...
Until he realised
She was totally blind.
Her optic nerve
Had been destroyed at birth.
He would remember forever
Her luminous gaze,
Sightless in the midst
Of all that opulence.
gaze at her facial expressions spellbound, as they are remarkably
impressive with an imprint of a magical touch.
Her eyes sparkle
with the depth of a blue ocean, while her parted rose-bud lips quiver,
a vain attempt to suppress a joyous smile.
She is an embodiment
of a happy childhood, an echo vibrating as a lively melody.
I shaded in
a silhouette, a pilgrim resting suavely, touched and awed by her
naive innocence, smile care-free like a child.
Gaze of sadness
back burns, the sun beats down harshly, but I have nothing to protect
it. My throat burns from shouting out my wares, but I have nothing
to quench my thirst! I sit on the sidewalk, with my packets of mothballs
clenched in my hand, and gaze in silence at the world that passes
My gaze lingers
on the children my age, some walking in the shade of umbrellas with
colourful water bottles dangling from their hands, while other pass
by in cars. They're all smiling and laughing, without a care in
My gaze was
that of sadness, for all I could see was that which I'd never have!
It's so beautiful
By Ishani Ranasinghe
Gosh! We often exclaim, perhaps in despair on a bad hair
Gosh! We may
sigh in admiration when we spy someone with a particularly striking
enhanced by a lovely jewelled clip.
Well, you can
say gosh! again. Gosh! the latest hair accessory shop in Colombo
opened just yesterday at the Crescat Boulevard.
Why Gosh! I
ask. "Well all the credit should be given to Director Emily
Wai's daughter for this trendy name," says Managing Director
Ms. Lai Ming Ukwatte, adding that they noticed how often Sri Lankans
tend to use this word.
Built on the
concept that with well-designed hair accessories, any woman can
transform herself, create a new look, pep up an outfit, or even
change her mood within a few minutes, Gosh! stocks a range of hair
accessories from hair scrunchies to hair sticks to hair fasteners
and tiaras. They also have on offer a variety of earings, bracelets,
rings and bangles. The designs are eye-catching as well as trendy.
Most of the items use crystals instead of the usual beads or glass
and the difference is quite striking.
women have beautiful thick hair and most keep their hair long. There's
so much you can do with so much hair but at times, it can be difficult
to manage as well," says Ms.
Emily Wai, Director of Gosh!
research revealed that there was no specialty store devoted to hair
accessories. They saw a window of opportunity for such a shop, which
offers all manner of hair accessories, such as wigs, hairpieces,
accessories and other related merchandise, and so Gosh! became a
We all do fret
a lot about our hair, and most often, we rush to the hairdresser
before an important function. But this shop offers you such a variety
of choice with hair accessories that can be put on very fast, to
create a new look. All the hairpieces and the wigs are easy to fit
onto the head and come with security hooks, hidden clips and combs.
But of course, advises Ms Ukwatte, it's always best to try them
on beforehand, at home before hitting the road.
Gosh! has just
the stuff to suit teenagers for whom it is oh, so important to stand
out in a crowd and show their individuality...
of the shop is that they stock only a few pieces of each design.
this so that customers will have no fear of seeing someone else
wearing the same accessory at an important function," says
Lai Ming Ukwatte
the materials used, the price comes as a pleasant surprise, with
items even sold at Rs 5. "We wanted to make our stuff affordable
even to little kids, who would not be getting that much of an allowance."
are from all over the world, but the majority of the goods are from
other Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea, Thailand and China.
With a friendly
staff to guide customers on their products, the Gosh! team wants
their shop to be a whole new experience. So the next time you want
to go out and paint the town red, or change your look, check out