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Today… by carlmagazine
October 20, 2010, 6:18 pm
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By Shavera Seneviratne

18th May 2009

Today
I heard
What I thought
I would never hear
In my life.

Today
I saw
An end to
What I feared
Would never end.

Today
I felt
So much…

Today…

Today
I will
Let the relief
Seep in.

Today
I will
Let myself dare
To hope.

Today
I will
Remember
What it cost.

Today
I will
Say a prayer
It will never happen again.

Today…

Yes, today,
I finally
I woke up
To peace.
To a country
United.
To a nation
Under one flag.
To a future
With promise.
To a place
That will be beautiful once more.

Yes, today
I watch
As it rains
For the first time
In weeks,
Washing away
The blood,
The hate,
The fear,
The horror,
The agony.

Today
I will believe,

Today
I will hope,

Today
I will dream,

Today
I will
Leave Yesterday behind
And
Await Tomorrow

Today…

Yes, today
There is faith,

Today
There is trust,

Today
There is optimism,
That Mother Lanka
Will be Paradise again…

Today
Change begins,

Today
Healing begins,

Today
We learn from Yesterday’s mistakes,
And rebuild for Tomorrow.

Yes,
Today
Is
Finally
Here.



Virtuouso by carlmagazine
October 16, 2010, 6:17 pm
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By Jonathan Lin

The match bursts into majestic flame; yellow and orange
cascades pirouette together and fill the basement with
a warm glow.

His frail fingers are bitten by the heat. Nibbles at first,
then a gnawing as the fire bristles in voracious hunger.
He feels his nails quiver
and his heart stop
as he casts the match onto the heap of pages.

The scores before him grin and twinkle before cackling
as the embers snap and chew up the inked paper:
quavers,
coffee stains,
tear drops.

She had unlocked his heart, and he poured out his music to
honor the key. But even its gracious gold rusted.
His compositions were destined for choirs of angels –
and they sang as if to bring the heavens to her.

But to her, his music only sang a dirge.