The Gutter

September 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

Ever since I was a child, I’ve been relying on signs when decision-making becomes too hard for me. That maybe, the superior being above would send me some kind of hint to which path I am ought to take. Maybe it’s too illogical. Not even trying to weigh the pros and cons. Not listening to pieces of advice good people tell me. Watching out for the slightest movements around me that would make sense to my current situation.

It is so pathetic.. almost depressing. Having complete freedom of will, but still opting to let the universe direct your life because you know full well that both your heart and your mind are very poor dictators of your existence.

Emotions eat you. Countless possibilities pop in your mind making the dilemma all the more difficult. Answers seem to be more of a blur as time progresses. You always persistently decode them, but end up frustrated every time.

And then a sign comes, and instantly you have to struggle through another and even harder ordeal.

This, among all the steps of solving dilemmas, is the most agonizing part–when you had to deal with yourself. You have to force yourself to shut all the objecting thoughts and emotions and tell them that a decision has been made. Hurt is the most intolerable, the strongest of those you have to cease. It just weakens you, and leaves you all trashed up inside.

Forgive me for even ranting about the problems of humankind. I just needed to have my obscure thoughts on its understandable and readable form. It makes me feel better. Some sort of a twisted therapy, I believe.

Intensity

September 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

You are a hot cup of coffee on rainy days,

an ice-cold shower in summer.

You are rain tapping out secret messages on my window,

whispering untold stories of our future

on an island not known to man.

I am going to love you

as fiercely as ocean winds that rip through the clouds,

like tigers’ teeth and bear claws.

Like wolves making midnight wishes

on amber moons

that resonate across the sky

that twinkle like movie star smiles

and shake every last tree

in the forest.

Unvoiced (A Short Story)

September 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Dignity.”

The word still clung in my mind. I didn’t know people still gave importance to such a thing, let alone hearing it from someone who just treated me like a repugnant animal. There I was, rejected a hundred times a day, treated like dirt by random strangers, trying to brace survival, dreaming of nothing else but food when those people still all bothered about a seemingly valuable thing they called… dignity.

I have a reputation to protect! I wouldn’t be caught dead talking to that hobo. “

I never worried about mine. I wear dirty rag shoes, I have dirty long nails, and my aura itself just screams “Don’t get too close to me cause I smell like crap!”

I am someone who most people considered as the plague of the society. A parasite. Someone who doesn’t contribute anything to the betterment of anything but asks for your money and food.

In short, a beggar.

I hear someone whistling a melody from behind. I didn’t bother to turn my head. The farm girl was the only one I know who gets up this early to hunt for wild grasses at the spring.

“Morning, Murrey! Nice day isn’t it?” she says cheerily.

I continue to focus on my reflection on the spring.

I always found her amusing. She is nice to look at—someone so young and so full of life. She’s the only one who bothers to acknowledge my existence in this town. Not that we share some kind of friendship or anything. It was always a mere hi-hello’s, and a piece of her crops sometimes when I get lucky. Most of the time, I ponder why the world did not have more people like this person. This place certainly needs more kind heartened and hardworking people.

Not that I have the right to say that.

Though some time in my life, I also dreamt of contributing at least something to the world. I wanted to become an architect in a vast and well-known city, build huge establishments that people would look up to in awe. I wanted to sense the feeling of having to create something big and so perfect through these little but potent hands. But who was I kidding? I didn’t even get to go to a school. I do not know how to read. I do not know how to write.

I used to live in a place where money is crucial. I lived in a place where people work too hard to acquire money, then proceeding to discharge it in just a snap. Simple as that. But from what I saw, people weren’t the one acting on money. Money was the one acting on us. It made us mourn, crawl for its assured existence by our side. It was what kept us alive and breathing.

I lived in a place where poverty was common and normal.

Money was supposed to be a good thing, something we long and receive during Christmas and birthdays, something that we happily receive after a hard work, something that would give smiles to our faces—but the cruel reality had to be absorbed—money was the devil in material form, and we were its slaves.

For some reason, the lack of luxury and a normal supply of necessities never made me feel less of a person. I only lived with my mother when I was young. Since we couldn’t afford to get me in a school, my days mostly consisted of helping her out on her work. We would collect scraps and go to shops together while we talked and talked about the problems of the world and how to save the universe.

That must probably be the reason why I think like this. My mother and I would talk about the strangest and deepest things people don’t even care about.

One day, she went home with that big smile on her face that I could still clearly picture from my memory. She was genuinely happy about something. She held a box and excitedly handed it to me. I couldn’t help but cry when I saw that it contained a pair of new shoes. I knew from how much she earns from her job, it was far from her capability to buy something like that. For us, having new pair of shoes was a luxury.

But what made the gift more special was the love and hardship that came along with it. I knew how much she itched to spend the money on food that wasn’t tasteless or something that she herself could wear. And still, she got me those shoes.

And I knew from that point on… as long as she was there, I was happy.

A few days after, I was waiting for my mom to get home from an errand when this old friend of my mother came up to me. He hugged me all of a sudden and then pulled back.

“Your mother got in a fight at town…” he said shaking his head.

Instantly, there was a shooting pain on my chest.

Intuition. I knew it wasn’t just some mere petty fight. I knew something worse had happened.

It turned out that my mom stole the money from this woman who was equally as broke as we were, and was saving up for her child’s schooling. And well, you know how desperate we people are for money.

Love could make you do crazy things.. and the desire for money does not mix well together with it.

After finding out that my mother was murdered because of my own sake, I kind of just.. lost it.

I ran as far as I could. And I just gave up on life. I didn’t care where my feet would take me. I didn’t care what would people think of my appearance and my strange behavior. I just stopped caring.

I stumbled on this valley and I liked its simplicity. No riot, no jealousy of who’s got what’s, and most of all, money wasn’t a big deal. Ever since, I just stuck here.

For years I have been trying so hard to keep this shoes on despite my growing feet. It was the only physical fragment of the only person who treasured me that I have. I took them off and felt the instant pleasure of being able to relax my toes.

I hold them close and lay down next to the spring. I close my eyes, wishing to see my mother again in my dreams.

Unmoisturized

September 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today, I decided to take a long walk by myself.

Funny how life proceeded in normalcy when I was so preoccupied with my personal affairs that seem to have secluded me from the world itself. I did not even notice that the leaves were changing colors, nor did I recognize that my brother had already changed his hair into two or three different styles. The closest I ever got to awareness with the physical world is finally acknowledging that my hands were starting to dry and shed skin.

It is not always that you get a reaction from your absence or lack of care towards one thing, or in more difficult cases, one person. I used to indulge myself with beautiful musings– actually the word beautiful is an understatement. There were periods of appreciation that I purposely put in my daily schedule; just moments of observing and trying to understand life and the lovely world beneath my tiny feet.

The more frequent my days became hectic, the quicker those moments of enjoyable introspection submissively faded from my routine.

The last thing I want to happen is to abide to the kind of life that is barricaded by the superficial norms, commercialism, and absurdly greedy occupations that seemingly make the world run in a robotic manner. Arts, pondering on ideals are my kind of thing. They captivate me to a ridiculous extent.

And I refuse to stay in this puppet show lifestyle where everyone seems to be easily manipulated by the powerful.

Oh, the human’s tendency to be ignorant… Just so happened my hands had physical indications of my unavailability.

So, thank god for biological reactions, I guess..

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