Saturday, October 06, 2007

Streaming odious

It’s so much easier to write when you’re bleeding thoughts. Contentment is a spoilsport.

Not to say that I’m contented. ‘Twould be blasphemy [even at my age] to admit to such a horribly common state of being. To be so unthinkably indistinguishable from people.

When I was a teenager, brimming with inconceivable potential, I bled poetry.

One poem, my first, was about a candle. Burning bright, shedding light etc.
Another was about Anger.
A third yet, was about Hate.
I’m not sure if I wrote one on Love, but there was one about a Kiss.
Another was addressed to God. But I never completed it because I realised it was either going to use up all my words, or none.

I also sang “Those were the days my friend…” [learnt at a private school we attended, run by an ancient, crumbling British lady in Calcutta], with a special, reawakened understanding of a time I hadn’t yet experienced, but could already look back into my past from. Confusing. I know. It wasn’t then.

I wore a frown. I hated everything with consummate passion. I brooded deeply and darkly and inexplicably. I wrote my diary daily, often in such moods. I curled the ends of my ‘d’s. And I moved in an aura of being perennially misunderstood.

Now, however, I find in times of distress I can only muster up mildly ironic and largely vapid jokes that are amusing solely to my head. I laugh. And my laugh lines are actually deeper than my frown.

How did I get here?
How did I regress so significantly?

It is a question that I do not wish to ponder. Clearly, I have lost the capacity to question the order, significance and point in Being with such consuming intensity as that from which my teenage brain drew much sustenance and succour.

So I will respond to a tag [or two] instead.

My P-list

This one is from my beloved soul sis in Pinoy land: I’ve to compile a list of seven words with P that are especially meaningful to me [I think].

1.) Pinoy is a word I’ve included in my dictionary very recently. Post Blogger. My first Pinoy awakening [I believe I have some Pinoy blood that has been stirred] was when I ‘met’ HB on blog. I have come to adore him, as I have come to love my sister in spirit Lizza and the sassy Barnsleyian Diva. The latest addition to this tribe is the enchanting Migs Bassig. Someday I am going to indulge the Pinoy blood coursing through my veins with the most debauched holiday across this fascinating archipelago of 7107 islands [can you believe it?] with this delightful extended family of mine.

2.) Potty is self-explanatory, and part of H’s uniform – head to toe. The other day, exhausted from spilling gin-and-tonic on the dance floor, my very vivacious [and possibly as inebriated] friend Go(ld)phish suggested a theme party – “we *slur* must preszhent ourszhelves aszh our online identiteeszh”. It was decided unanimously that I must attend as a deranged turd.

3.) Posterior and posterity: which for me are so close in meaning and colour, that it matters not which I use, and where. I have both in abundance. One – with due thanks to my paternal grandmother’s very insistent and domineering genes; and the other – creditable to a humongous and long-standing delusion of imminent greatness. Someday, both will get me stuck in something very murky. I am almost certain.

4.) Pig and pink: which are again very close in hue and weightiness. They have in different ways ruled a large part of my life, and I have been undeniably enslaved to both at various junctures of H-history [which is not a stutter]. Sometimes the [Golden] Pig has been the boyfriend. Sometimes the boyfriend has been a pig. Sometimes the pig is pink. And sometimes pink is pig. It is confusing and time consuming to differentiate between the two, and frankly, I don’t see the need.

5.) Pert. Sweet, short and sassy. Something that my posts never are.

I’ve completed the quota for my list of Ps. But for the record, I also like more literary sounding words like prosaic, probability, pernicious, pestilence, percolator and potential-packed. I also like double-entendre [which could perhaps sometimes start with a 'p' depending on how cleverly you enunciate.]

Five Nights

This one’s from Brothah HB.

I must recount five of my most remarkable nights. I will add here that this tag was actually about the five best nights, but I’ve taken the liberty to modify it a bit. These are nights that will remain forever imprinted in my memory for reasons that you should best judge for yourselves, fair readers.

1.) The night I discovered the Dehradoonis – an elderly couple from Dehradoon – were actually a pair of evil blood-thirsty ghosts. They had a lime green passenger bus into which they lured unsuspecting travellers who Mrs. Dehradooni, in all her tiny old-lady frailness, proceeded to disembowel with a large glinting carving knife, spilling great rivers of blood down lime green steps. I haven’t yet lived down the full horror of how I escaped their clutches. But what really traumatised me is the memory of my family howling with laughter when I recounted my brush with this evil couple the next morning.

2.) The night I discovered I was a Nazi. I had a ginger beard when it started. I was on a trawler, hunting down members of the Jewish resistance, much against my wishes, scouring the river, seeking signs of life amidst the densely packed stream of bodies floating along the current. I was labouring under a deep underlying sense of discomfort. There was something that I needed to be aware of. At one point I too was in the water, floating on my back beside a body. Suddenly its head turned, and a pair of very large, bulbous, angry eyes glared at me. I turned the other way, pretending I hadn’t noticed that ‘it’ was alive. Suddenly there was talk of breasts. I looked down to discover that I had a pair of breasts and no ginger beard. Those big glaring eyes still haunt me. As does the sudden discovery of breasts and no ginger beard.

3.) The night that Carlos cracked open the baby’s head like a lizard egg. I was playing with the baby, tossing it higher and higher in the air, when my hands missed and the baby fell on its head. Carlos said it had a clot that must be removed immediately for the baby to survive. He cracked its skull open and sucked out the clot from the baby’s brain. It survived. Then Carlos became a spy and a few years later turned into me.

4.) The night the big pink spider and the big black spider waged a war. I had to write a script, I was sitting in a room, fretting over my lack of inspiration when the pink spider – it was as high as the doorway with legs that looked like they were made of shiny pink plastic detachable links – appeared. I was so frightened I spent most of the night battling with it. When I had almost managed to wound it fatally, the enormous black spider appeared, carrying a distinct aura of evil. Suddenly it became clear to me that the pink spider was the good spider that was going to help me complete my script. Shit, I thought.

5.) The night I was pottering about on an empty stage. I was sad. I wanted desperately to be part of the play. As I walked from end to end, contemplating the futility of it all, my footsteps became faster and faster, lighter and wider, till I was suddenly airborne. I had grown a pair of delicate silken muslin wings and I flew blithely around the stage, happier than I’ve ever remembered being. My mother said “I knew you could do it. See it wasn’t so tough was it?” The Sibling and my father waved out to me as they cheered me on. The next day I was cast as the fairy princess in the play and the audience applauded with abandon.



B Ditty said...

My favorite P would be...Pluto. The delightful disney dog and the planet.

by the way, I knew you could do it too ;)

H said...

Then Ben dearest, I insist that you consider yourself tagged. I'd like to read your list of Ps. PPPPPPlease! - 'tis your next post.

You did? Beaming.

houseband00 said...

Thanks for doing the tag, sis H.
Laaaaaved it! =)

It's not often I read about cracking a baby's skull open and sucking the clot.

H said...

Actually, HB, it was quite something to relive these moments. In an I-didn't-think-I-could-recall-any-of-it-so-vividly way. A strangely intense experience that sort of unsettled me for a bit. [which was interesting - so I guess this is convoluted speak for "Thanks for the tag, HB"]

I assure you, the baby episode is something that I don't ever want to witness again. Ever.

Prude said...

he he he I loved the breasts and ginger beard part! I used to be an arab sheikh with a whole harem until they started calling my harem a lesbo camp coz of the breasts! sigh! :(

lizza said...

May I just add that you brood so enchantingly well. I've sooo missed your writing.

Add precious to your list of P words. As precious as the image of you soaring hither and thither above the stage.

P.S. Your newly-discovered Pinoyness is just so heart-swellingly sweet!

Witness Street said...

You know I have to agree with Lizza. How can one brood so enchantingly well? You make it possible, without any effort, and I wish I was bleeding the same thoughts as yours when you were a teenager. (But I can never quite write poetry.)

One more thing. Never wear that frown again. It simply isn't right for someone with your passion, your zeal, your magical self-awareness. Besides, everyone thinks they're misunderstood anyway; but there are only few who are talented enough to amuse others despite the circumstances.

Oh. And do you know how much I love the fact that you spell colour with a "u"?

D said...

Good read about the past, the tags...they all went over my head.

Non-Sensei said...

the first word i thought of was 'phlegm'
hmm. imma have to think about that one.
don't ask - it's a gift, really.

H said...

Prude, perhaps you should tell us about this harem of yours in one of your posts. Though you should’ve spat back at your detractors – that commonly [defined as such purely by historical evidence] a harem does comprise women, breasts and all.

Lizza thank you dear dear girl. About the Pinoyness…it’s strangely true. I think I’m meant to visit. Someday. Inshallah.

Migs dear, trust me, you do not want to write ‘poetry’ the way I did. Let’s just say, I’m still incapable. About colour. I’m smiling. It’s the difference between receiving English from the Brits and receiving it from the Americans. I’m also a bit anal about it, for they’ve become quite flexible about these things in India. ‘Indian English’. [I’m not saying this aloud – it’s a tiny whisper – Thank you. It means a lot, and I'm beaming.]

D, thanks. They’re quite simple really. One was about a list of words starting with P. and the other was about five remarkable nights.

Nonsense Boy, well then how about considering yourself tagged? Would like to read your list of Ps. Phlegm sounds immensely promising. I shan’t ask. Just make your list ;-)

Non-Sensei said...

ah, if only i did tags.

Debo Blue said...

Why oh why did I read this right before bedtime? Now I'll have nightmares about babies with severe head trauma, gigantic spiders and pink pig.

Your life reminds me of my job.

H said...

I'm so sorry to give you nightmares, dear Blue, but, pray do tell me about it - your job. It seems terribly exciting!

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