Chinatown in 2008.

Most posts here run on a photo-to-thought philosophy, visceral images provoking latent truths and ideas we all hold within.

But i thought this quote from Mary Oliver so relatable and beautifully simple with its use of verbal imagery – the universal metaphor of bride and groom* – that i wanted a place to immortalise it.

And preferably a place which could give earthly evidence to to it:

All my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom,

taking the world into my arms.
– Mary Oliver

It’s easy to be swamped by the magnitude of alpine mountains, or flooded with a sense of magic by the otherworldly, but after casting around for a tangible behemoth to match the quote, i realised it had already been exemplified in the yearly excitement:


Singapore. along Chinatown street market.

The quiet awe i held walking around in the Chinese New Year chaos of Chinatown; the childlike rapture gained from seeing the familiar for the first time.

Singapore, Chinatown
Singapore, Chinatown

Artifacts calling for our attention: sign, lamps, lights, speakers, institutions.

Modern pillars built around shophouses from colonial times:
imposing structures, built to contain lives, to entertain lives and to imbibe life.

.

Singapore, Chinatown

Does one too many diminish meaning?

The human horde below, their creations dominant above.

Waiting for whom and what?

.


The gods above us, accorded with illumination and omnipotence-
of religion,
of consumption.
our governments,
our binding traditions.

Did we create them, only to pick and choose who to defy and obey?

… if the knowledge of god is the most necessary,
then why is it not the most evident and the clearest?
-p. b. shelley.
Chinatown, Singapore
Both entranced by their surroundings: father documenting, son washed away by exotic displays.
Chinatown, Singapore
Objectifying yourself comes true.

.

Look upon familiar faces with renewed love,
go over once more to check what you have missed,
and re-examine your idea of magic.
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