I’ve promised the editor of this Malaysia Chinese magazine(oh dear, I keep forgetting the Malay name of it, but literally it means “Secondary Students”) not to post any editorial illustrations done for them onto my blog before the sale, and so here’s a picture I drew quite some time back, it’s for an article in the April’s issue which I think should be available by now(in Malaysia of course). I’m not too sure if the younger generation right now would have any idea or concept of “chap-huay-diam”, the Hokkien way of saying provision shop? I grew up in a kampong and had the privilege of patronizing such shops which are now at the verge of “extinction” in Singapore. I’m not too sure about Malaysia, but Singapore is definitely overly urbanised, in Malaysia I believe there are still pockets of rural area retaining the beauty of 70s and 80s, the so called old-world charm. As we move forward, it’s always good to have a bit of our past to fall back on, it’s just so sad that we’re losing so much of everything of yesterdays in our little tiny island. We are so tiny, the only way to keep renewing is to erase our yesterdays.

昨天是復活節,古鎮的所有商店都休業慶祝。四處靜悄悄的,宛若過年。今天補一天假,清晨出門,街上沒了周一早晨的繁忙,一片清幽,鳥聲鶯鶯。我又去看了櫻花,那兩株粉白如團團花雪的櫻木在晨風中依然端莊雅致,昨天無意經過與之鏗然一遇,滿是驚喜。之后又兜去學校旁的古墓園,里頭的櫻木則未盛開,或許再過一兩天吧?

櫻花開了,之前傾心的雪白梨花,上周初遇還綴滿一樹,一片美好,今早再經過是已瘦了許多,風一來輕輕卷起點點碎花如無力魂魄。一朝花開,一朝花落,只是春天百花齊放,讓人目不暇給,已忘了昨日的好花轉眼間便離枝淪落風中雨中泥中。

我并非教徒,復活節與我意義不大。然今天是清明正日,難怪劍橋近來不免也細雨紛紛。秋天落葉,冬天落霜落雪,春天見美好的花風雨中凋落。再好的生命總是要謝幕的。不求復活,但求生命的芬芳,年復一年綻露顏色,永存世間。

圖是為《中學生》四月號的某篇文章而作。雜志應該已在馬國銷售,之前答應編輯不事先公開,所以展延至今日。圖有版權,請勿轉載他用。

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