A Simple Heart
Simplicity makes for a happy life.
I learn that it is not a matter of materialistic simplicity, but rather that of the heart.
A simple heart is easily satisfied.
We can all be happy; we can learn it. Start with small things in your everyday routine.
By not taking that extra scoop of rice when your stomach is full, even as your tongue craved to taste more of the delicacy spread on the table.
By not clicking that check-out button, when you have no real need for the things you put in your online shopping basket.
By putting on a sincere smile, after batting that ugly jealousy to the side, when you see a friend doing so much better than you.
By sitting down at your table, coffee mug warm between your hands, as you sit and count your blessings because you have many, only you tend to lose sight of them among the hubris of greed, desperation, desire, and ambition.
By standing up after life knocked you down onto your knees, because you know it will happen again, but with lesser intervals as you grow from each failure, shaping you into a better person, a more capable one.
As we learn to find satisfaction in simple things in life, happiness will come knocking.
Happiness is simple.
Being simple is only as hard as you made it out to be.
I am happy.
I hope you are too.
Writing’s Simple Pleasure
There is a certain satisfaction
to have my fingers run across the keyboard
free and untethered by expectations, rules, engagements
There is a specific resonance
when my pen runs across white papers
crafting in ink a world that previously only existed in my mind
There is a troubled anticipation
that comes with bearing your creation
and waiting – for acknowledgement, insults, adulation
There is peculiar sort of f e a r
when bearing to the world at large
that little fragment of your soul – that precious, fragile thing
There is that certain type of courage
that emboldens your heart against
the hail of indifference and unmet expectations
There is this
tre mu lous sort of hope
as I let this little one go
flying, with tremors in its wings,
a little word-collection,
My little child.
Fly and never look back.
I will always be here, watching,
With that certain satisfaction
And a heart full of love.
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Until death do us part
She is beautiful, but nobody sees her.
Well, they wouldn’t now, the young man muses with a slight regret. Not after this. And definitely not like this.
The sacrifice looks up at the young sorcerer, trembling with pain and fear and hatred, and yet he has not allowed her to die. Perhaps later, in a few moments.
As he bends down to pluck the organ out of its confines, the magic wielder absently wonders how long the frantic throbbing would last once he has it in his hand.
Beneath the first moon, this ritual requires the full participation of all involved. If that meant a bit of magic to keep the sacrifice alive through it all, well, that is a small…sacrifice he can easily dole out for the sake of greater power.
As he raises his offering to the heavens above, the soft silvery moonlight slowly adopts a verdant scarlet hue and the sorcerer smiles at the frantic sacrifice.
She is truly a vision to behold, pale with death and painted red.
Loosening his supernatural hold over her, the sorcerer lets her go into death’s gentle embrace and looks down upon her bloody vessel adoringly.
She is beautiful, more so in death than in life, but nobody will ever see her again.
From the Outside Looking In
He looks at her like she is the sun;
her words his law;
She smiles at him like she’s flying,
pure, real, exhilarated;
drinking the sight of each other.
Fingers intertwine, eyes interlocked,
the rest of the world simply...
into muted murmurs
Sitting a table away,
Hardly the first time, I sigh,
wondering, wistfully, if theirs was a fortune
I would one day call mine own.
(Meanwhile the barista rolls his eyes,
At the antics of this three regulars,
Two sickeningly in love with each other,
One in love with the idea of being in love.
His stalwart coffee machines gurgle in agreement.)
The Gentleman at the Station
While a man in a suit was not a strange sight, a foreigner wearing a three piece and a hat was. Well in this tropical country, that is. The man must be feeling really hot under the collar!
I was standing by the station's platform, waiting for my train. It was a small place, but crowded due to the rush hour and somehow, this middle-aged man arrested my attention.
It was the suit at first; I did so love classic suits and outside of TV, I didn't get to see them often. The second thing was the pocket watch he had.
I didn't get to see it in full, but even from this distance - we were standing across one another, first in line to board the train - I couldn't make out the whole detail but it looked old and pretty.
He even had that chain that connected the watch to his breast pocket. I wished Dad was with me so I could show him.
The gentleman must have felt me staring for he looked up and our eyes met. Caught, I offered a sheepish, polite grin and a short nod of greeting, hoping he wouldn't truly be offended.
A hint of surprise flitted through his face, but it could be my imagination.
Well, since there was that boy wearing earphones standing right beside him in the line, ready to takeover him when the train arrived, he must have thought all youngsters were impolite or something. The boy was even ignoring him! That was so rude.
The man tipped his hat at me, grim lips quirked into a parody of a smile. Such a gentleman.
Contented now that he had concluded his greetings, his attention returned to the pocket watch in his hand.
A second, two second, then -
The train arrived with its usual grating noise and then -
He tutted, sighed, and closed the watch decisively, a tone of finality underlying his movements.
That was the last thing I saw before -
"Such a tragedy," an old woman murmured as she placed the flower bouquet she brought among the myriad that already decorated the ruined subway entrance. Throngs of people milled about the scorched place, held away from the scene by yellow police tapes. That didn't stop the citizens from flooding the place with flowers, candles, and other mementos.
Many were weeping at the loss they all suffered. On the newsstand nearby, the newspaper were all displaying similar iteration of, "BOMB EXPLODED IN THE SUBWAY; TERRORIST ATTACK SUSPECTED".
"I was there, you know," she said to the man standing beside her. Strange man. He was clad in a dark, three-piece suit in this hot weather. "I was just exiting the station when everything went booom." She sighed sadly at the remembrance. "I barely survived. If the bomb blew up a few seconds faster..."
"Yes, I know," the man said.
"Were you there too?" she asked, surprised.
"I was late then," he confided her. "Three seconds late because a little girl was smiling at me and I had to smile back...it was only polite."
"I will not be late for you, Erin Lloyd," he said as matter-of-factly as he had with the previous statement, his eyes bore into hers as if he was scooping out her secrets just by gazing at her. "I will see you tonight."
Discomfited, the old woman broke away from the staring contest. "Have a good day," she said, not waiting for his response before hightailing it from the scene of tragedy. Her heart was already in a poor condition as it was; Erin really didn't need the extra stress inflicted upon it after all this horrible situation.
Back by the entrance of the station, the man took out an ornate pocket watch, opened it, waited, then closed it.
"HELP!" a shout came from the crowd when a man's jacket caught on fire after a paraffin lamp nestled among the candles spilled on him. "SOMEBODY CALL AN AMBULANCE!"
The fire climbed up his face and his screams joined that of the crowd's as they witnessed the horrifying accident.
Unperturbed by the chaos, the gentleman nodded to himself, securing the watch in his pocket.
Right on time.
Now onto the next place. There were dozens left to collect - the souls that should have departed the day before.
He had been only three seconds late...
A Fleeting Freedom
I write and yearn and write and dream
translating longing into words;
a world shaped by letters
alphabets arranged: building castles,
awakening dragons, creating dynasties.
Black upon white breathes life
into a captivating reality,
mirage-like in property,
forever outside my reach,
yet only a thought away...
A fleeting freedom,
loosening the chain of ennui
life's routine bestowed.
Alas, friends, dreams are but dreams
and as the last period typed
and the T's crossed and the I's dotted
The fatamorgana fades and thus, I return
to writing and yearning and writing and dreaming...