a post with the picture missing

at the foot of the wall, a figure sits hunched over a paper-plate containing some rice and daal. Impossibly thin, sinewy arms poke out of a threadbare blanket thrown around its shoulders to keep the winter morning chill out.

He has a stubble and a bony head that makes him look ancient. A few tattered rags cover his wispy white hair. Thick dirty glasses dominate the face – their frame held together by some kind of tape – probably the result of long-ago operation to remove cataracts in some rural eye camp around here. I doubt he can see anything but the vaguest of blurs.

As he hungrily shovels food into his mouth, I consider taking a picture. But something about the idea strikes me as sacrilegious, so I put my camera away. He notices me and turns to look up. Hugely magnified eyes crinkle up and, like a burst of fireworks, a giant toothless grin reaches out from ear to ear on his shriveled face.

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18 Responses to “a post with the picture missing”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    viewless vision….

    nice.


    !

  2. Falstaff Says:

    Good one.

  3. Revealed Says:

    Magnifique! (though for one second, I thought I was in the wrong blog!)

    (the problem about writing posts like this is you can’t have a proper discussion in the comments section cos you’ve basically silenced the reader)

  4. Heh Heh Says:

    !? : Thanks

    falstaff: thanks

    revealed: i sense an implied sledge there but i am going to let that pass 🙂

  5. Revealed Says:

    After all my generous appreciation! *sigh*

  6. Heh Heh Says:

    revealed: tsk tsk. the world is such an ungrateful place, no?

  7. Tabula Rasa Says:

    @revealed: yup, wrong blog.

    or maybe it’s because he tried to get rid of the sixteen other selves.

  8. Revealed Says:

    Or maybe he developed a new one?? How interesting!! 😛

    But before you say nething else, be warned! He’ll start accusing you of slights and what not! *is depressed by the intimation of the ingratitude of the world supplied by a very wise person*

  9. Heh Heh Says:

    TR: what sixteen others? 🙂

    revealed: awwww. i am *so* sorry. here, dry your eyes. 🙂

    FYI, all: this post was written a couple of months ago. i just hadn’t bothered to put it up. it belonged in the piece about the temple that *none* of you commented on.

  10. Brown Magic Says:

    my, you are getting rather snippy in the comment space. is it that time of the month?

  11. Heh Heh Says:

    and you, my dear bm, are getting all mellow in your old age – going around telling kids not to be mouthy.
    btw, does that mean i’m an exhausting conversation partner?

  12. Ph Says:

    First time here. I shall be back. (Oooo I always wanted to say that).

  13. Heh Heh Says:

    ph: I know a ph who has commented here before. But maybe you are not that ph.

  14. Brown Magic Says:

    old age? mellow?

    bite me.

  15. Revealed Says:

    I *knew* that calling you a very wise person would work!
    *accepts what she hopes was a handkerchief and revives from depression*

    Btw, very good pickup on creepiness factor! I’m *actually* impressed 🙂

  16. Szerelem Says:

    Nice.
    Nothing more to say is there – I agree with revealed – you’ve basically silenced the reader 🙂

  17. Heh Heh Says:

    bm: i’m sorry, did i offend you?

    revealed: ahem. wise? me?? Oh, thank you thank you. nobody has ever called me wise. I am *so* touched.

    szerelem: thanks. also, i love that song. szerelem, that is.

  18. A Says:

    hello,
    that be a brilliant picture too that you transcribed.
    cheers
    A

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