2014年4月7日星期一

The Ending Road


The person is...
And he walks his life...
But he doesn't know when, where and how the road ends.


人生路 美夢似路長
路裡風霜 風霜撲面乾
紅塵裡 美夢有幾多方向
找痴痴夢幻中心愛 路隨人茫茫

人生是 美夢與熱望
夢裡依稀 依稀有淚光
何從何去 去覓我心中方向
風彷彿在夢中輕嘆 路和人茫茫


 "It's awesome! Let me do it."
"Look! He's learning fast to walk."
"Sweetheart, let me roll up your sleeves."
"Mummy, I can take care of Miffi."

"I don't like this place, can we go granny?"
"Shut up, Derek! I've nothing to spend."  "It's fucking boring here."
"I've told you not to come along mum! I've told you!"
"Listen! Don't stand in between me and him!"
"Isn't it colourful? The whole place is lit up."
"Get off my way!"
"She's late again! Can't she make a change?"
 "Don't bother me. This is my world."
"Sh...sh! This place is forever noisy."
"Listen! You never learn. Forget about that moron!"
 "It's gonna be another long hard day in the street."
"I'm taking a break. Take your time!"
"It's so quiet here today, unusual for a Saturday. Fine by me."
"Damn! The rain spoils this Saturday evening. Business is so thin."
"Wish I can stand on the stage of the Opera House one day."
"Give her a round of applause if you think she's good."
Amazing grace...
"Come and try. Best Paella in town! Try before you buy."
"Great to be a student if my parents aren't peasants from the north."
"Please, please, please come in. It's 20% off today. Everything."
"I can eat a tiger. Don't they know lunch should be at 1:00pm?"
"Don't test me. Stay away from me."  "You're calling me a bluff!"
"They're sweet. Believe me. $3 a kilo......OK...Give me a price then."
"Thanks mate. Thanks for the change."
"What's she selling?" "Some wild vegetables I think."
"No. 8 of race 3 is hot, sure win..."
"Those boxes are mine, don't touch 'em!"
"Come, best vegetables in the market... What're you doing? Take that camera away."
"Don't cry my dear. Mummy's gone, mummy's gone."
"What if I...?"
"It's a long road."
"The fingers are hurting me."
"It's worse here than back home."
"Where should I go?"
"Stop taking pictures of him! He's embarrassed."
"He's there every afternoon."
"They're having a great time there. Should I go and have a look?"
"The next stop is the last, do you think someone would wake him up?"
"I'm 87."  "And you're working hard!"  "You can do anything if you're hungry."
"Be careful madam, it's slippery."

"The final stop is Botanical Garden. All passengers alight here. This is Botanical Garden."
"Beanie, let's have some sunshine here."
"It's my favourite hobby and this is my second wife, a better one."
"She's still got good eyesight huh!"
"I'll show this to my old man in the nursing home next week. He will love it."
"They'll do the right hip in May. The other one hasn't got a date yet." "Are they hurting?"
"Susan, we used to walk down the beach every Sunday morning. Now, I only have Cesar."
"I miss my mum and dad... a lot....but they'll never return."
"Sweetie, I wish you a bright future."

"Beebee, don't go out! Come back in to granny."
"Dare to live and dare to love?"

 
人間路 快樂少年郎
路裡崎嶇 崎嶇不見陽光
泥塵裡 快樂有幾多方向
一絲絲夢幻般風雨 路隨人茫茫

54 則留言:

  1. If I can select an icon, I will choose the one clapping hands for your wonderful photo !

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    1. Autumn, thanks for the kind words.
      The photos are just random snapshots taken at different places over ten years. Didn't know what to do with them at first. So it is a kind of recycling of rejected shots! Some were taken in Scotland last year, can you spot them?

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    2. I really love your portraits ! I really appreciate it !! I hope I dare to take a shot on other people without them pointing a finger on me haha (^O^)Also, my iPad can hear your song .....amazing ! How did you do it ? I can't hear my own music which I put on my blog using iPad ah !?

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    3. I guess it is rather "dangerous" to point the camera at others and one may either get thumped or sued by doing so these days. So, I'm refraining myself to do it now la. Have a great Sunday.

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  2. Thanks for your sharing.....Gravel!Was the Chinese negative?......I think I was sensitive as I am a positive man...hehe....

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    1. Wel.............come 翔流! The lyrics of the Chinese song does seem on the negative side. This is one of my two most loved songs of Leslie Cheung. I'm not too sure if I am positive or negative; probably I'm both! I see the negative side of things but that also reminds me to be positive for things I still have. Sorry,don't worry if you don't know what I mean because I myself don't too!
      Oh, you are definitely a sensitive man!

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  3. It may be a hard fact that to be born is to start the journey towards death.But it doesn't help at all to calculate how long or short the path of life is, for the journey will end anyway someday. As Barack Obama puts it: we have to recognize our own mortality, and be reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame – but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.
    And let's take heed of what Buddha says: In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
    And remember this too: The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.

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    1. Thanks for the words of wisdom and highlighting what I was trying to make sense of my thoughts when I put the photos together. The song and the lyrics just popped up afterwards when I was reading a writing of fellow blogger Joyce on Leslie Cheung. It happens to be one of his favourite songs of mine.
      Quite true, the road twists and turns and we can only learn from the journey. By Buddha's standards, I have miles to learn!

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    2. Oh Peter,
      Crystal shared a beautiful poem downstairs and I would like to borrow it and share it with you as a token of appreciation.

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  4. We all once in a while can't help wondering how, where and how it ends, I suppose.
    We were born, we live and then, well, we die. What matters the most is what a difference our existence has made in others' lives.
    I wanted to share the following poem with you. I first heard it recited at a Jewish funeral.

    Life is a Journey by Alvin Fine

    Birth is a beginning and death a destination;
    But life is a journey.
    A going, a growing from stage to stage:
    From childhood to maturity and youth to old age.

    From innocence to awareness and ignorance to knowing;
    From foolishness to discretion and then perhaps, to wisdom.
    From weakness to strength or strength to weakness and often back again.
    From health to sickness and back we pray, to health again.

    From offense to forgiveness, from loneliness to love,
    From joy to gratitude, from pain to compassion.
    From grief to understanding, from fear to faith;
    From defeat to defeat to defeat, until, looking backward or ahead:

    We see that victory lies not at some high place along the way,
    But in having made the journey, stage by stage, a sacred pilgrimage.
    Birth is a beginning and death a destination;
    But life is a journey, a sacred pilgrimage,
    Made stage by stage...To life everlasting.

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    1. Crystal,
      Thanks very much for sharing this great poem with me. I like it the first time I read it. The words are crystal clear and powerful I must say. Your sympathy and encouragement are well taken. I'm OK, just trying to take things easy.
      Somehow, the words of the poem resonate with what Peter wrote upstairs and I guess these are the things we all have to learn in this sacred pilgrimage. We all slip and fall from time to time in this long(hopefully) journey and it is great to have people around who can share their hope and understanding at these moments.

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    2. Glad that you like it. The first time I heard it, it was recited by a rabbi in a funeral and I liked it. So, I searched for it online. About this long life, well, I've come to realize these several years that life is actually short, very short and no body promised you that life is easy. Somehow, we survive.

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    3. yes wonderful poem deep thinking Crystal !

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  5. Like your photos: they're moving. Not because of their technical brilliance but because they're about real life people in their unguarded moments: all kinds of people in all kinds of conditions. Yet we all share one common humanity, something far too many forget as they hurry through the the hustle and bustle of life. Many live, work and die without ever bothering to spend time doing what's most important: to feel for and with those around us. So happy You're one of the rare exceptions.

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    1. EL Zorro, I'm really grateful that you see through the photos and share some of my thoughts and sentiments I had when I was putting all these photos together. I wasn't in my best form when I wrote this piece and that causes a pessimistic hue over the whole writing. Some friends have been worrying about me. But I agree that we often miss out a huge chunk of humanity in our busy life to the struggle for more of everything. And, I can't agree with you more that it is important to feel for and with those around us. You do a much better job than me though, with your philosophical mind and objective seeing of the world.
      PS I You sharing on the films is something! Just not quite capable to respond though.

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  6. 人生如夢,夢如人生
    短短一生,愛恨交纏
    怱怱一場,悲歡離合
    如霧如幻,亦美亦憾
    夢醒之時,人生盡頭

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    1. 多謝小愚贈句。
      人生旅程果真如夢一塲?
      或是夢境就如人生片斷!
      無論如何
      兩者都可以滿是悲歡離合,亦美亦憾
      惟有珍惜已有的一切。

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  7. Hi, Gravel, Good morning, in No. 1 photo, do the aside express your feeling ? Is your baby in the photo 2 ? Is it a car in photo 8 ? Wonderful ! Yes, very colourful in photo 9, is it a museum ? In No. 11, you feel sympathy for the gentleman because you're frequent same as him. You're right. Don't bother anybody when he is reading. I'll take the photo No. 16 to my learned brother & ask him a question. Where's the street in photo 18? The fat woman seems to keep Harry Potter's house in photo No. 19. Is it Scotland in No. 21 ? The man seems enjoy the noodle in No. 25, I feel hungry now. OK, Gravel, I trust you, please give me a kilo. Thanks. How to buy No. 8 of race 3 ? Actual, I don't like but you said sure win. Oops, it's not suitable to see. Hi, why did you know his Mummy's gone ? he told you in photo 33. OMG ! He's not a Rambo, so it's not a long road. In photo 38, so beautiful girl, she should go to your home, gosh. In NO. 39, you always do that ?In photo 44, I said thank to you, Gravel, why do you take the photo without my knowledge. Be careful, I'll kill you. In No. 49, the phot seems 卞之琳的斷章. Is your father in the nursing home ? Why? he goes swimming every morning. In No. 52 How do you know the child's parents did not return ? You're so observing. Don't forget the last sentence as you write, it brings you pleasure.
    Go over 55 photo, I'm so sad and doesn't want to write. I do remember when No.9 typhoon signal has been up, you set up your blog and the last word is "sad". At that time, I confused you're crazy or sad at work ? My first responded to take care please when you wrote you was sick. I've read your writing over 100 and find yu're a rational & kind-hearted gentleman. I regard you as my learned friend. You've your family & good health. Money is not important. I wish you can face any unhappy with a smile. Take care, please, beg please. Have a sweet dream & too enjoy the sunny weather.

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    1. Wow 蒲公英, you must have used a lot time to read through this writing - very very very grateful that you did!
      Thank you for cheering me up with some of the photos here. Just you let you know that I am OK and I know I have to take care of myself.
      I think I can find a little of myself in each of these photos. I took these photos in different places in the past 2 years except No. 43, 52, 53 and 54. They were taken 10 years ago in the poor mountain areas in 廣西。I only spoke with the persons in No. 43 and 52. The parents of the boy in 52 disappeared after he was born and he is an orphan. An orphan in a very poor area of the countryside!
      And yes, you are right! I'm somehow like 39!
      I did not know this writing ends up being quite sad when I put the pictures together. I decided to write this piece after reading your writing about Leslie Cheung and the music just keep spinning in my head. I think it is good to get it out and I want to share how I have been seeing life until now. Some friends are worrying about me but I am fine.
      You take good care of yourself and have a great week.

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    2. Hi, Gravel, thanks to your nice response. Have a Happy Eeaster Holidays :))

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    3. Hello, Gravel, gd evening. I should like to offer my apology for my fault to downlad your blog's photo (i.e. Winter illusion dd June 29, 2009) at yahoo without your knowldege at the end of 2012. At that time, I didn't learn you're so gentle until I requested for your icon. I'm having oil-painting lesson this evening, my teacher suddenly enquired me where to get the picture ? I told her the fact & she pointed out my mistake. I'm so sorry to offend you & can't go on my oil-painting without your approval but I've finished 3/4. Please don't lie yourself and I learn you're very busy, please reply to me on or before next Friday. Please forgive me. Have a nice weekend !

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    4. Hi Joyce! Don't worry, no problem. I nearly forget that photo after Yahoo Blog is gone! You are OK to use the photo for your painting. I am glad you like it. Hope you enjoy your painting classes and a great Sunday.

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    5. Gravel, thank you for saying so. You're kind & gentle. I see something handsome inside you. Have a good night !

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  8. 孩子令人羡慕 , 因為他們有美麗的夢想!

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    1. 對呀! 而且他們有更多的時間和機會去成夢呢!
      Peaceful Easter holiday to you.

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  9. 每個畫面都有一個或者多個故事, 不同的人也可看出不同的故事, 的確, 人生路, 美夢似路長, 紅塵裡, 美夢有許多方向. 謝謝分享這許多鏡頭和故事.

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    1. 這就是人生的精彩,沒有一樣的人生,亦沒有人清楚明天是怎樣,祇知的是太陽仍會從東方升起。
      Wish you a peaceful Easter holiday.

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  10. 人生就是一段旅程、當中有喜、怒、哀、樂或更多、無論如何都要去面對。那就開懷的去面對吧!

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    1. 對呀,人生就是喜、怒、哀、樂的不斷重演!惟有努力地演便好了。復活節假期快樂。

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  11. First off, I like this song very much! By the way, you give the life to the photos, well done Gravel

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    1. YKK, thanks you for your kind words.
      I am glad that these photos can be recycled - having a new life.
      Hope you have a great Easter holiday.

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  12. 抱歉多時沒有拜候,感謝過訪!來看到一篇很深沉,很詩意的網誌。慚愧個人的英文程度不足,這篇要仔細領略,改天再來欣賞。祝安!

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    1. 秋葉阿姨,多謝你這麼認真閱覽,很難得啊。
      祝你假期快樂。

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  13. "They're sweet. Believe me. $3 a kilo......OK...Give me a price then."

    購物須學會講價 , 古今中外都如是!

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    1. 絕對同意,但現今似乎更要求高技巧,你是高手嘛?

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  14. 風繼續吹,不忍遠離……

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    1. 成功不會驟然降,喝采聲不想白白承受,求能用心,求能用功,求能做好...

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  15. 人生的喜怒哀樂,都活現在Gravel的相片和字句中了!難得啊!

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    1. 多謝小猴到訪及美詞,相片祇是旅行時隨手拍而矣。
      祝你週未快樂。

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  16. Cheer up Gravel ! Life is a short journey and we need to walk hand in hand with those who support each other on this short trip of ours !

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    1. Thanks Autumn for the kind words. Don't we all need that little support from time to time! I'm coping as we have to take our own responsibility after all. You too enjoy each day and get the best out of it. You finish your study for this semester? If so, enjoy the best weather (I think) of the year.

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  17. Dear Gravel

    I....... have started a new road in my life again .....

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    1. Wow, a new road! A better one it must be! Again! You must be very lucky! Enjoy it then .

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  18. 母親節恩惠快樂呀!!:)

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    1. 也祝你有一個感恩快樂的母親節呀。

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  19. I am happy as I can connect with you finally. You are creative and I appreciate your presentation of linking up your photos to express your feelings and ideas to the theme: The Ending Road. This is also one of my favourite songs. When I first heard it from the cinema many years ago, I like its rhythm, lyrics and the mesage behind the lyrics. I still like this song up till now. Thanks for your sharing and I always can learn something from your writings. Take good care of yourself.

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    1. Hi, a late reply but still thanks for your appreciation. Really glad you like this piece.

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  20. Dear Gravel
    How are you ?
    Come and support my CD project for donation to The Lord !
    Autumn ♪───O(≧∇≦)O────♪

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    1. Very much appreciate your commitment to your faith! Thumb up!

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  21. Hello Gravel. Your posts are always thought-provocative. To me, I realize that there are flowers and butterflies along the road, warn sun during the day, stars in the sky at night, and a good book at hand with a cup of hot tea, I think I would be quite contained. By the way, I like this song too. Thanks for sharing. -mia

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    1. Hi Mia,
      Welcome back. Thanks for your kind words and I'm glad you like the writings. It's good and blessed to know that there are good and beautiful things around us whether we are in good times and bad times. A book and a cup of tea will be nice in the weekend after a week's busy work but it's difficult to make that happens for myself and will be something I want to work towards achieving this year. Hope you settle down and have some rest before starting a new journey - you are so lucky to follow your dream.

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  22. 聽到哥哥這首歌好有感覺 !! 一絲絲夢幻般風雨 路隨人茫茫 .........

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    1. 是一首難得的好歌,曲詞唱均一絕。
      道盡人生...
      開心你喜歡。

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