Monday, October 17, 2005

the fish bowl will be broken someday

Tagged by Randell.

Here are the rules of this tag.

1. Delve into your blog archive.

2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).

3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).

4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas.

5. Tag five people to do the same.

Here's the fifth line of my 23rd post:

"The water was pristine; the falls was splendid"

Water. My favorite element. My world. My life. Even the name of this blog involves a great deal of water. Fish in a Bowl. Water delicately framed by glass to form an artificial world where a fish can be viewed as it swims stupidly around. Although bound and restrained by glass walls, that water is nevertheless pristine. It smells of grass blades that daintily hold dew drops on its edges, swaying with the wind but never letting go of their crystal wards. Diamonds on green knives. It speaks of fruity metaphors trapped in velvet-lined boxes, ready to be opened for adoration. It calls to mind the sanctity of holy water held by stone angels in front of cathedrals, seducing the pious to dip his filthy fingers into it to signal the start of repetitive prayers and agonized wailings as gods in their garish satin and gold vestments idly watch. Absolution or damnation. It mimics the sensuous trickling of sweat beads that navigate the contours of breasts swollen with desire. Lust and love. It is the spit that a child leaves on grandma’s cheek after a long, wet, goodbye kiss. Possibly the last kiss grandma would ever get before she dies. Sweetness and death.

Imagine the water suddenly bursting free from the confines of the bowl and cascading out to freedom. Imagine a thousand fish bowls suddenly giving in to the pressure of the little bodies of water they held prisoners for years. Imagine them all pouring wildly out. Gushing. Roaring. Ravishing anything that blocks their way. An army of fish-bowl waters charging in full speed toward unseen enemies. Powerful. Strong. Torrential. That is my falls. A falls is nothing but an outpouring of a desire to be free. It draws its power from years of shackles and prison bars, of suppressed anger and stunted dreams, of yearnings razed even before it started to blossom. When pristine water finally finds the guts to break its fish bowl, only then can it become a falls, potent and splendid. And it will no longer smell of dew on grass blades or sweat on fiery skin. It will smell of rivers gone berserk and oceans devouring the hapless.

If you found any sense in this shit, consider yourself tagged.

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21 Comments:

At 1:43 AM, Blogger Saint Eroica said...

nge! kakaibang tag!

 
At 2:05 AM, Blogger slim whale said...

god, you are fast! i posted this barely a minute ago and you already have a comment! idol kita talaga! mas mabilis ka pa sa mga spammers ah! :)

yup, kakaibang tag nga.

 
At 7:57 AM, Blogger dionne said...

water = ace water spa! haha! tara! =D

 
At 9:11 AM, Blogger rmacapobre said...

l'eau a 2 éléments. l'hydrogène et l'oxygène. ^_^

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger Abaniko said...

Water. It signifies purity to me. I think of it along with Coke and beer kasi.

 
At 11:28 AM, Blogger transience said...

i love the simplicity of the tag. doesn't mean i'm going to do it. i swear off all tags from the day i did the 80 questions. never ever again.

 
At 2:28 PM, Blogger Jay said...

Wow, good thing the 5th sentence wasn't something totally embarrassing, or unworthy. Then what?

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

"The water was pristine; the falls was splendid"

Starting with a topic like that I wouldn't be able to write one sensible sentence.
You really have a gift for writing. Maybe you should break out of your office fish bowl and become a writer or a journalist!

 
At 6:03 PM, Blogger weng said...

i agree with sidney, i would end up shaving all my body hairs trying to come up with something. and yeah, you might want to consider a career shift =D

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger snst_blvd said...

i'll pretend i don't find sense in that tag. X_X

 
At 5:57 PM, Blogger McVie said...

Well, you obviously are still in defragmentation mode. :-)

 
At 9:29 PM, Blogger basangpanaginip said...

ayus, tamang tama ang timpla ng mga salita. elibs ako.

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger slim whale said...

DIONNE--ahhh! sige!!! when do we go there? excited.

RMACAPOBRE--Oui, je le sais. Mais j’ai parlé littérairement ici. :) Entre les deux, je préfère l’oxygène.

ABANIKO--but beer is purer than water!

TRANSIENCE--80 questions!!! god, that could fill up a whole blog!

JAY--i actually hoped to find something silly or stupid. it would've been nice to expound on that, say, "Today, i scraped off dried cow dung under the soles of my shoes." that would've been nice.

SIDNEY--i wish i could, too. but alas, things are not too easy for some people. sigh... thanks for the compliment.

WENG--haha! try waxing. the pain might inspire you to write something.

if i remember it right, in that same post, i also talked about YOUR panties. if it had been the fifth sentence, i would've written about you and your Hanes. it was hanes, right?

SUNSENT EYES--you don't have to pretend. this post has really no sense!

MCVIE--"These files cannot be defragmented. would you like to try again? or would you like to shit first as we try our damn best to defragment your hardwired brain?"

BASANG PANAGINIP--salamat sa pagdalaw. mas masarap akong magtimpla ng rhum, coke, at pineapple juice.

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger bing said...

loved the metaphor..

i dont entirely love water. 'am afraid of the pool, the sea, the ocean and all forms of water. maybe the reason why i didnt learn how to swim. and i blame a friend when i was in 2nd yr high for pushing me towards the pool. tsk tsk traumatic experience, gasping for air, pulling somebody's hair and another's leg.

would try one day this post. been wanting to the minute i read this and didnt have time to comment. consider me tagged.

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger hari said...

nice blog too! i hope you've bookmarked our blog (indira and i). maybe some day you'll get the guts to do what we've done. rock on dude!

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger slim whale said...

BING--i hate it when people pull pranks like that in the water, especially to young people. they don't have any idea how tramautic such things could be. not yet too late, though. you can still learn how to swim. it's such a relaxing experience.

HARI--yup. yup. i will, one of these days.

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger basangpanaginip said...

rhum, coke, at pineapple juice?

'nong lasa noon?

maasim na matamis o matamis na maasim?

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger DLAK said...

Water is fucking wet when you fucking touch it. hmmmmmmmmmm I like to go hmmmmmmmmmmmm, hmmmmmmm. Does that bother you? Hmmmmmmmmmmm

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger slim whale said...

basangpanaginip--masarap yun. parang zombie or chi-chi ang mix.

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger slim whale said...

DLAK--oh yeah, hmmmmmm. wet, hmmm fucking underwater is great too. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. body fluids and seawater....

 
At 7:02 PM, Blogger weng said...

HAHAHA! yeah, it's hanes alright, but let's leave my panties alone ok. =D

 

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