Wednesday, 20 January 2010

The Snail

Strong afternoon rains;
The heavy rose is bent
But the snail moves on and on

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

We and They

The retarded boy jerks and yells;
Behind the window,
Hurrying airport passengers

September 3, 2001

[While at Athens airport waiting for a flight to Madrid, a young boy (15-16?) with mental and physical disability was violently jerking and yelling next to us. Just behind him, facing us, was a glass panel where passengers could be seen coming and going. The contrast between what the boy was going through, and where his life and fate were taking him, and the passengers (us included) hurriedly moving in conscious, but feigned ignorance of non-normality (the yells were audible to all) was both striking and touching. I have kept the term "retarded" despite its offensive connotations nowadays in order to stress the perceived difference and the pathos involved. Life can be sometimes terrible.]