Tuesday, October 29, 2013

because I can

TO DO LIST

1)  LAUNDRY!!!  X
2)  Unpack winter garments X
3)  Revise for Italian mid-sem exam X
4)  Shop for fresh ingredients (grocery list) X
5)  Deactivate Facebook account

The first step is always the most difficult one to take?
Not really. But I must admit, now, there is less distraction.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Weather you like it or not

In Taiwan, earthquakes and typhoons are part and parcel of life. And after three years, I'm in between the stages of adapting well and dreading/fretting too much.

Many fine crack lines crawl on the walls in my dorm room due to the frequent quakes. One of these days, those lines would connect into a web of complicated overlaying routes, looking like the map of Moscow Metro or Tokyo Metro. It would be as intriguing a sight as it's worrying. God bless my dorm when that day arrives...

Thankfully, the windows are sturdy enough to take the relentless pounding of the wind. During the typhoon season, it’s best to stay snug in bed and watch a horror movie. With the wind howling sinisterly, it creates the most epic surround sound ever. It would even put Dolby sound tech to shame!  

I wish I could say it doesn’t rain drearily in Taipei. Well, it doesn't rain, it drizzles. For 16 hours straight, the soft pitter patter doesn’t stop. It gnaws on your nerves because, you couldn't decide if you should be bothered to carry the umbrella or not. Urgh, heck it, you dismiss the feather light drizzle with a shrug. But once the wind hit you mercilessly, you regret it.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

稍縱即逝


    體育館外的樓階有個角落。除非銅板掉到那,不然一般路過不會注意到這一角。有隻蝴蝶躺在那。是蝶選擇不飛,還是.. 再也飛不起來... 哦!它觸角微微顫了一下。還沒死呢!

    起風了。蝶,被擋不住的秋風慫恿,不得不飛。它揮動著翅膀,一次又一次,卻離不開地板表面。輕盈的姿態,這時看來,費勁、傷神又痛苦。在旁窺探蝶final moments許久的我,忍不住攤開了手心,想引它爬上來。我的手越是逼近,蝶的翅膀越是鼓動得厲害。它努力地想掙脫。但,最後還是踏上我厚實卻不暖和的掌心。

    這是...認命嗎?不,我寧可相信,這是信任美好的開始。

    往常,我步行去取腳車不需三分鐘。但一手小心地捧著蝶,一手為它遮風,走一步停一步,用了兩倍的時間才到腳車停放處。全程雙翼張開,但蝶就一直靜靜地倚著我,不掙扎了。我手掌裡生命的重量,如何衡量?是輕於鴻毛,還是重於落葉。

    將來,我也只是一片落葉時,不知道還會有誰把我捧在手心裡。

    當日開始落時,陽光照耀在蝶身上,把它喚醒了。似睡飽午覺後,蝶的雙翼恢復了元氣。揮揮翅膀,蝶飛起來了!往斜陽的方向飛去。眨眼間,就看不到蝶的行蹤了。

    原以為,是我送蝶最後一程,不料卻是它陪我度過了一個午後。這時已快到下午四時,天氣轉涼了許多。我搓了搓雙手,握緊車把,背對斜陽往宿舍騎去。





-大四,入秋