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Sunday, May 9, 2010

GAINING RESPECT 101


My reveries were interrupted by the sight of an old Malay man teetering on a curb carrying his lunch like a chest of gold bullion to his spot when he slipped and fell. My heart went to his food and tea splattered on the ground as the starving earth commanded a derisive scoff from a nearby middle class man eating by himself without any sympathy or appreciation to his mid day gymnastics. Swiftly, the old man straightened himself up followed by a guffaw, a result of not having to fuck the ground in public, with clothes on. I nodded in approval. Amused, it and made me think that if I were to fall flat in public, THIS is the benchmark, the flip, the style, the gracefulness, the performer in him and Tom Petty's Free Falling.

He ordered a new set of lunch, garnished with a reverent smile from me.

8 comments:

Sam Liu said...

What a striking observation, a commentary on dignity and grace versus snobbery and self importance.

Trouble.Thinks said...

You paint pictures with words.
Loved this. You're my idol. :)
hehehe

Gnetch said...

I second what Trouble.Thinks said. In caps and bold. ♥

Paige Baker said...

You're brilliant.

Mishieru said...

Words from a real talented writer. I salute you! You got me running off to get a dictionary.

JenniAsh said...

I love how you've taken something that others would have ignored and made it into something that is not ignored... if that makes sense?
Haha, nice job.
x

les jeune fille à les oiseaux said...

Your observational skills are astounding, but the way you record them are phenomenal.

zachary said...

I'm hovering above my notebook reading the compliments lol..Guys stop! I need to go to the bathroom!