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Report by Mia Hassan

Heritage, preserved!

IMU’s annual Malay Cultural Week this year witnessed a unique blend of heritage and fusion of vibrant Malay culture with introductions to Malay music, fashion, dance, arts, crafts and of course, food. The 3-days festival showcase organized by the Malay Cultural Society was launched on Wednesday, November 11th at the IMU’s driveway, allowed us to immerse ourselves in the length and depth of Malay culture, both traditional and contemporary!IMG_0591

The festival kicked off on the first day with Silat performance, which is a type of Malay martial arts, demonstrated by Baharom Mohamed from MP0114. Silat is a combined word for a class of homegrown martial arts from a geo-cultural area of Southeast Asia encircling most of the Nusantara, the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Archipelago. Muhammad Marsaid, from ME214, the President for Malay Cultural Society, said, “Silat needs to be developed while the practitioners of this martial art must enhance their expertise to educate the coming generations about Malay heritage and preventing it from being forgotten.” “I am very passionate when it comes to my heritage, considering that I came from a very traditional Malay family. I am very determined to preserve and retain whatever that has been passed down to me and I want to further educate the society about it,” he added. A parade of Malay cuisines was also on display at the IMU’s driveway.

The second day witnessed one of the main highlights of the cultural week, where students and staffs of the IMU were given a glimpse of a Malay wedding held in the IMU’s atrium. Shawn Peh and Nikol Goh, both from ME214, played the role of the bride and groom for this mock wedding, which made it more unique with the involvement of non-Malay students in Malay cultural events. Silat pengantin performance, demonstrated by Muhamad Fitri bin Abu Bakar from BM113 wowed the audience.  “I want the whole society to know and to learn more about the Malay culture, to educate them on how did the Malay culture start as well as to erase all the stereotypes that the society had when it comes to the Malay culture,” said Marsaid. “To work with others, we have to understand others. We’re going to constantly meet new people, coming from all walks of life and races. It is essential for us to understand their backgrounds to make it easier for us to cooperate with them one day, and this is one of the ways for us to reach out to people and understand the Malay culture better,” He added. Marsaid and the whole team were very moved and they also expressed their utmost appreciations to all non-Malays students who took part in this cultural week.

“To work with others, we have to understand others. We’re going to constantly meet new people, coming from all walks of life and races. It is essential for us to understand their backgrounds to make it easier for us to cooperate with them one day, and this is one of the ways for us to reach out to people and understand the Malay culture better,”

On the third day, all were welcomed to experience themselves the enjoyment and amusement in playing the Malay traditional games such as ‘batu seremban’, ‘congkak’ and ‘guli’ at the IMU’s driveway. The most awaited event for the cultural week, which was the theatre, was performed later that night at the IMU’s lecture hall. The theatre performance, which roughly told a story about a forbidden marriage involving two lovers from distinct races, had touched the crowds and the officials. Marsaid emphasized,

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asldfkjasld“The purpose of having such storyline for this theatre was that we want the community to understand and to know how we deal with such problems in the proper Malay cultural way.” He also added, “There are a lot of youngsters took our heritage for granted nowadays, sometimes they have no interest at all in learning their own culture. This is our identity, this is where we come from and it is our responsibility in retaining what has been passed down to us from our ancestors. It would be such a waste and a huge disappointment if the future generation don’t know how did it all begin.”

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The closing ceremony was officiated by Dr Ahmad Fadhlil, a medical doctor, a writer and Poem Advisor for Grup Karyawan Luar Negara (GLKN). In his closing speech, he highlighted on the hard work and the effort of the Malay Cultural Society of IMU in preserving the Malay culture. “Talking about culture, it is something that we need to preserve in order to maintain the harmony between people. I am very proud and I truly appreciate the work that has been done by all of you for the purpose of educating the community on the Malay culture.”

“Talking about culture, it is something that we need to preserve in order to maintain the harmony between people. I am very proud and I truly appreciate the work that has been done by all of you for the purpose of educating the community on the Malay culture.”

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Reported by Toh Boon Kheng

This is not a scene from a television drama. Nor is it a scene in the Malaysian Bar Council. This is simply your average IMU Cup Debate Finals. The motion was ‘This House Will Abolish Prisons’. With teams Pegasus BR in opening government, Griffin NA in opening opposition, Taurus AS in closing government, and Draco SK in closing opposition, one can expect no less than an explosive finale on that Thursday night, on the 29th of October. Despite the heavy competition, there can only be one team in each spot. In the champion’s seat, Goh Ni Kol (ME214) and Ai Ven (BP112) brought pride to Griffin.

Meanwhile, Arjun (ME114) and Sree (ME115) from Taurus came in second, with Raaj (ME114) and Bryan (ME214) from Pegasus trailing closely in third. There was some humour to go around; “Butt sex is a scare tactic. It helps scare people from committing crime. We don’t condone it, but it does help deter (in response to a question about gang rapes in prison).” There was also some anger in the air; “Please use some logic before you say a Point of Information (POI). Don’t POI like a fool.” All in the name of sportsmanship. It was truly a ‘colourful’ night.

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“You have had 400 years, why hasn’t it worked?! If your system is useless, why do we still have to put up with it?”

“We feel really, really happy. Because the competition was really tight this year, so we thought we could not defend our gold from last year,” said Ni Kol, “And super surprised when they announced we are winners,” continued Ai Ven. “Everyone was really intense and emotional. We were like, let’s just not get last,” described Ni Kol. “I think (we won) because Ni Kol is a very good speaker. She delivers the matter really well,” as Ai Ven praised of Ni Kol, who was announced as the Best Debater.

As advice to new, aspiring debaters in IMU, they both were pretty certain, “Join Debate Club!” Ni Kol followed up, “We have a proper coach, who really teaches you everything he can, and the club pays everything, so you can go for free. And we always send debaters for competition. It’s actually the competition that shaped both of us. Also, read up on a lot of stuff. Go BBC, read up things, stay updated.” “Debating is a lot like, when people ask you two plus two, you have to show the working. And that’s debating, it’s not the answer, four. So, like, it’s analysing it,” concluded Ni Kol.

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On October 14 2014, a tornado hit the rural town of Pendang in Kedah, Malaysia. Many were astonished, as Malaysia is not a country that is accustomed to extreme weather phenomenon (except drought, thunderstorms and floods) and many of nature’s other wraths. We are geographically shielded by many other South East Asian countries, and are even located marginally out of the Ring of Fire.

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Tornadoes, how do they work?

Like many things in the field of science, the exact series of events leading to the formation of tornadoes has yet to be completely understood. To be able to truly understand the mechanics of a tornado involves a lot of meteorological mumbo jumbo, so let’s just make do with the general idea of things.

This video explains how tornadoes form very well in layman terms, while this video gives a good explanation of the grander picture of the whole formation.

The mixture of rising hot air and fast flowing cold air in the atmosphere forms a rotating column of air, which results in a huge thunderstorm cloud known as a supercell. A supercell is the birthplace of tornadoes – given the appropriate wind conditions, amount of rising hot air, temperature difference and pressure.

Waterspouts and Landspouts

Similar to tornadoes, both are essentially smaller and baby version of tornadoes.

Landspouts are generally weaker in strength, and are not associated with a supercell.

Waterspouts form over water surfaces, and are a common occurrence in tropical areas, including Malaysia. Although they are not as devastating as the average tornadoes, they can move onto land, and even grow into “tornadic waterspouts”, which can dangerous.

Will it happen again?

According to the trends and the National Weather Centre, it is likely.

In Malaysia, we do not have a shortage of the ingredients required for the formation of a supercell, and are actually no strangers to tornado-like occurrences.

For now, these winds and moisture are not be strong and abundant enough to form a full blown tornado, but that might soon change. With extreme weather cases on the rise across the world, and the warmest years consistently being recorded globally, it might be time to abandon the usual assumption of our climate conditions, and maybe even prepare for the worse. Even recently in Malaysia we experienced perhaps the worst flooding in history, and Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon to ever made landfall (reach land) happened just back in late 2013. With wind speeds reaching 315km/h, it hit multiple countries and killed almost 6400 people. For comparison, storm Ivar in the Nordic lands had top wind speeds of 115km/h and only disrupted power supplies, and people could barely walk in the winds below the maximum speed, and the only reason they managed to do that is probably because they have Viking strength.

What to do during a tornado?

If in the future when mother earth decides to go “Day after Tomorrow” on us, perhaps this will become more useful. The main reason for casualties and injuries during tornadoes is actually due to falling or flying debris hurling towards you at breakneck speed, and not by being pulled into a whirlwind of death. Generally, you would want to cover yourself with some protective layers, and make yourself as small a target as possible (crouch, or do your best impression of an egg).

If you are indoors during a tornado:

  • Get to the lowest floor and as close to the center of the building as possible.
  • Stay away from windows (exploding windows can kill), walls and ceilings.
  • Cover and protect yourself with thick paddings such as blankets and mattress.

If you are outdoors:

  • Get indoors (if able).
  • If not shelter is to be found, lie face down flat on the ground and cover the back of your head with your arms.
  • Stay away from tall structures (trees, power line poles, etc.), they might fall on you.

In a vehicle:

Apparently the worst place to be during a tornado is on the road in a vehicle, as they are easily tossed and flipped by the winds. So don’t choose to stay in your vehicle over going indoors, no matter how precious it is.

  • Get indoors (if able).
  • If the tornado is far away, you may attempt to drive away from it, in a right angle direction from the tornado
  • If the tornado is too close, sit in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows and cover your head with your hands and other paddings (coat, cushion) if possible.

Here’s to hoping that none of us will need to use this safety guide.

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Two words to describe my experience: Roller Coaster.
What do I mean by a roller coaster? Throughout this experience, from deciding to take up the post, planning to executing, I have had emotional fluctuations. However, I am still grateful for what I have been through and skills learnt from this experience.
At first, I had a hard time deciding whether to take up the Chairperson or Public Relations Representative post, or just be an Event Assistant. Many things have held me back and the worst case scenarios in ruining the entire Career Day have crossed my mind for uncountable times. I have been worried about my soft skills and if I can manage people well. I would like to thank Miss Carina for not forcing me into any posts, and my Student Ambassador (SA) mate, Jen May, for her encouragement in achieving something bigger before our term as an SA ends.11160291_10204328259228434_603804280_n
During planning, everything has seemed to go well. Due to my inexperience, the first day of pre-preparation has been the lowest point of my entire experience. I panicked when I was informed that only one helper showed up, out of five who had signed up. I contacted them and found out that some of them had forgotten about it. I have learnt to think in depth and foresee possible happenings.
During preparation, I learnt to be flexible and to be open to all possible changes. Miss Carina pointed out to me that I tend to plan in detail and expect everything to go accordingly. I am grateful that I have an efficient team. I have learnt from them on enjoying the process as my team has established friendships with each other and the whole atmosphere in the work station was filled with positive vibes. In addition, due to my worries and stress, I would like to thank my team for being understanding and supportive.
Throughout the whole process, I have learnt to always refer back to the big picture before going into details, so I will always stay on the right track. I have learnt to be more observant and hence could correct my team efficiently when they make mistakes as correction could not be delay or worse consequences may result.
The most important thing that I have gained from this experience is to stay optimistic. As mentioned above, I tend to be pessimistic before I even try. From this experience, I have regained my confidence in managing people and realized it is not as tough as I had imagined. I have learnt to do my best with love as the central motive, instead of fear. When love dominates, I am calmer and people around me will feel more comfortable working together. When fear dominates, I tend to be so demanding and people around me will feel stressed as well.
I am blessed to be granted this opportunity to work as a Career Day Chairperson. I believe I will continue in improving my skills and achieving more in life.

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Entomophagy is the practice of consuming insects as a food source. Spiders, grasshoppers, larvae, scorpions, beetles are widely and commonly consumed in some parts of the world. To some of us, the graphic thought about putting this in our mouths is enough to induce a gag reflex, but to others, it simply a highly nutritious, bacon tasting delicacy waiting to be cooked with sago.

I wasn’t really that excited by the prospect of having insects as a daily food choice. In my impression, insects are only either eaten raw or deep fried, sometimes stir fried. But when I read about an Asian-style locust noodle served with extracted fat of black soldier fly larvae, I somehow can’t wait to try it.

Why Insects?

So, why should we contend against house geckos and other animals to eat such disgusting things? Aren’t our normal animal food sources enough for us? Firstly, you wouldn’t need to contend with other animals for insects, seeing that insects are the most common and most abundant species (that could serve as human food) on earth. Secondly, no, it isn’t enough.

Our primary sources of protein – cattle, goats, pigs and chickens require huge amounts of land to develop and sustain, which means that increasing the production of meat from these animals will only accelerate the rate of deforestation and land clearing. The animal waste produced and veterinary medicines used in rearing the animals also cause water and land pollution, even seeping deep into the soil. That’s not all – the agricultural and livestock industry actually generates more greenhouse gases globally than planes, trains, automobiles, and ships combined.

The agricultural and livestock industry actually generates more greenhouse gases globally than planes, trains, automobiles, and ships combined.

With fishes, there are similar problems in fish farming, not to mention the possibility of the total depletion of fish species. Given how poorly managed deforestation, pollution, overfishing and rising global temperatures already are, ramping up these sectors to accommodate the growing global population will probably spell doom. By 2050, it is estimated that the global population will reach 9 billion, and we will need to produce twice as much food as we are currently producing to sustain that number of people.

Insects, on the other hand, are not only abundant, but are more nutritious (if not as nutritious), than our current meat sources, containing a large range and amount of essential nutrition, such as omega 3 fatty acids and many amino acids. For example, 100 grams of caterpillar can contain more protein than 100 grams of beef, even almost as much protein as cod fish, and house flies per gram can contain more thiamine and riboflavin than milk or beef. It is also much more efficient and environmentally friendly to grow insects, requiring less water, less land, less energy.  When compared to raising cattle, raising grasshoppers require up to 4 times less feed to produce 1kg of meat, and produce 75% less greenhouse gases.

Edible (and appetising) insect dishes

Here I’ve compiled a few examples of insect dishes that are beside the usual deep fried batter and tempura insects, just because they look potentially delicious.

Witchetty grubs with bunya nuts and quandong dipping sauce.
Witchetty grubs with bunya nuts and quandong dipping sauce
Chapuline taco
Chapuline taco
Fried stink bug.
Fried stink bug

 

Zimbabwean stirred fried mopane caterpillars, with shallots, tomatoes, onions, clove garlic, ginger, curry powder and ground black pepper
Zimbabwean stirred fried mopane caterpillars, with shallots, tomatoes, onions, clove garlic, ginger, curry powder and ground black pepper
Stirred fried red palm weevil larvae, with vegetable oil and stir fried with Thai basil, finely chopped hot chili peppers, salt, black pepper, and soy sauce
Stirred fried red palm weevil larvae, with vegetable oil and stir fried with Thai basil, finely chopped hot chili peppers, salt, black pepper, and soy sauce

Insects will very likely be a food for the future, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to be forced to give up normal food choices and be forced to swallow caterpillars and cockroaches. In the end the choice of adopting the diet will still fall to us, if the choice still exists.

If you’re still feeling squeamish about eating these adorable freaks, feel free to know that everyone consumes insects and related fragments (and other disgusting things) unknowingly on a regular basis. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have a whole handbook for manufacturers and food producers that provides guidelines for “acceptable fragment levels”. So try and give your meal a good scanning the next time you’re about to dig in, if you’re lucky you might find a pleasant surprise – or two.

 

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Crow (BM113)

Scholar. Gentleman. Handsome. Also a bird.

 



 

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“Welcoming freshies to IMU!” . If you asked me, I would say so as well. But orientation has much more to it than just welcoming juniors. Orientation helps juniors to know their way around IMU, easily help them to integrate into the system and also help them know the ‘important people’ around IMU such as members of the SRC and the House Captains.

The Medic Orientation is an event that takes place twice annually, for 2 weeks long. I believe orientation brings people closer, not only the medical student but students from other cohorts as well.

This year, ME115 Orientation started on the 24th of February and lasted till 6th of March.

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There are many activities that took place in that 2 weeks of orientation such as ice breaking, dry games, telematch, track trip, dress code night, outdoor treasure hunt, indoor treasure hunt and finale night.

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Happy faces

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The pros of orientation are to ensure that the juniors are not feeling stressed in their first few days in uni. It also gives the new students a sense of belonging and that they are not alone. Furthermore, orientation reminds the students that it is possible to reach out and ask for help any time they need it.

However, orientation is multifaceted too – the orientation committee had faced difficulties in booking lecture theatres, ordering shirts and assuming sizes of the shirt, filming the orientation movie and cleaning up after games. Moreover, orientation is definitely time consuming as the students had to stay back late into the night to practice for events and dances.

In a nutshell, orientation is a golden tradition in IMU as the pros overcame the cons. No pain, No gain. With so many new friends to make and less strangers around, IMU is a little piece of heaven itself.

 No pain, No gain. With so many new friends to make and less strangers around, IMU is a little piece of heaven itself.

More pictures of happy faces and funny antics:

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The spirit of the recent medical orientation was successfully captured by Yeoh Jie Cong. A medical student himself, Jie Cong also moonlights as a freelance photographer. Check out JieCong’s Photography for more photos! 

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Who are the Infinity Milers?

You can call us the running or adventure club of IMU.  Our club caters to students who are passionate about running, hiking and those with the aim of keeping themselves in shape.  We strive to organise weekly trainings and outdoor adventures as well as to participate in road races as runners or volunteers.

Contrary to some beliefs, you don’t need to be good in running in order to be part of the Infinity Milers.  As long as you are ready to push boundaries and step out of your comfort zone, you will find a place with the Infinity Milers.

After all, our motto is ‘To Infinity and Beyond!’

Events

White Ribbon Run
White Ribbon Run

Road Races

  • The Blood Donor Fun Run
  • Nottingham Run
  • INTI R.A.C.E (Run Against Cancer Event)
  • Larian Bandar Diraja Oren Sports Run
  • Standard Chartered KL Marathon
  • Light A Life 2.0: End Child Trafficking Run
  • White Ribbon Run
  • NIKE We Run KL 21K 2015
Standard Chartered KL Marathon
Standard Chartered KL Marathon

Volunteering

  • 2XU Compression Run
  • Great Eastern Live Great Run
  • Standard Chartered KL Marathon
  • NIKE We Run KL 21K 2015
Volunteering for Great Eastern Live Great Run
Volunteering for Great Eastern Live Great Run

Adventures

  • Gunung Datuk, Negeri Sembilan
  • Chilling Waterfalls, Kuala Kubu Bharu
  • Gua Tempurung, Perak
Chilling Waterfalls, Kuala Kubu Bharu
Chilling Waterfalls, Kuala Kubu Bharu

Inter-University Competitions

  • MAPCU (Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and University) Track and Field
  • MAPCU Road Relay
  • MIVG (Medical Inter-Varsity Games) Track and Field

Achievements

  1. MAPCU Track and Field: 1st Runner-Up
  2. MAPCU Road Relay: Champion for 7 consecutive years
  3. MIVG Track and Field: Overall Champion
MAPCU Road Relay
MAPCU Road Relay

About Us

Our 2014/15 committee consists of:

President: Loh Chooi Shawn

Secretary: Saw Jia Huey

Treasurer: Alicia Tay Shiau Voon

Race Coordinator: Wilson Wong Wei Xiang

Adventure Coordinator: Kenny Wan Te Jin

Event Coordinator: Kan Ka Hou

Join the Infinity Milers on Facebook!

 

 

 

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Theme : The Role of Religion in the Upbringing of the Society

Interfaith forum is an annual event organized by all the religious clubs in IMU (Buddhist Society, Catholic Society, Christian Fellowship, Hindu Society and Muslim Society). This year, in 2015, the religious clubs with the guidance of SRC will extend the one-day event into a week called Interfaith Week. This Interfaith Week will comprise of activities such as flashmob, exhibition, fundraising and the forum itself. We believe the Interfaith Week will serve as a good platform for students and even staff to enhance their understanding towards the major religions in Malaysia and the world. We hope that this understanding will translate into positive attitudes such as respect and tolerance during the studying and working years as well as within the larger society itself.

Interfaith week was held from 26th to 29th January 2015.

Activities and clubs in charge:

1)Flashmob (Monday) by Hindu Society

(A flashmob in the middle of atrium during lunch time to kick start the interreligious week)

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2)Fundraising (Monday – Thursday) by Christian Fellowship

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3)Exhibition (Monday – Thursday) by Muslim Society

(Exhibition on each religion)

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4) Forum and performances (Thursday) by Buddhist Society

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PR and IT was handled by Catholic Society while F&B  was handled by Muslim Society.

There were many hurdles faced by the committee of the interfaith week event. Firstly the lack of manpower, as there were only slightly more than 10 committed members to run the whole event. Next, the date itself proved to be a problem as many students were either on breaks, or having exams, so it was quite tough to get the crowd. To overcome this problems, the committee went all out to advertise this interfaith week,  from sending spam emails to everyone, to changing desktop background of each computers in IMU and giving out flyers.

 

 

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Organized by IMU Table Tennis Club Committee 14/15 dated on 7 Feb (Saturday). The main objectives of hosting this tournament is to provide a platform for table tennis players to learn from each other by interaction, and to enhance relationships among universities.

The committee consisted of Chai Kah Chun (Head) and the rest of the committee members are Jia-Min Tan, Yip Cha Ming, Chen Xue Ruu, Ou Chai Shin.

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The event began at about 9am and it ended around 3pm. There were 4 universities (including IMU) that took part in the event. The participated varsities are IMU, UNMS, IPGKBA, and APU. The ranking of the competition are as follows :

1)UNMS

2)IMU

3)IPGKBA.

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The competition was carried out in the format of ‘team round-robin’, which actually means each university had to rival against all the other universities. Each university had to send in 10 players and the particular 10 players are allocated to play for 5 categories (Men’s Single, Men’s Double, Women Single,Women Double and Mixed Double).The winners were decided based on the total number of the winnings in term of categories. There were a total of 40 players who participated in the competition.

Since there is always another side to the coin, there was some problems faced in this event too. One of the major ones is that, some of the invited universities did not respond to our invitation before the stated deadline. Besides, our first scheduled date clashed with their break or exam so we shifted to a second date to accommodate their issues. Furthermore, the limitation of the current facilities was one of the hurdles as well.

 

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Who could forget the miracle of the day you first appeared? A moment when fantasy and reality lapsed and a lag cursed the thought, in what seemed an eternity of disbelief. Time left, beauty personified, and every obstacle dissolved. The world was free and impossibilities were void. You gave me life, and I was born a second time.

As quickly as you’ve made me, you’ve wrecked my balance and sanity against the shores of truth, shattered it into pitiful bits as thick as an atoms’ edge. I was poisoned with hopes and fantasies, ifs and maybes, and rendered useless to pass every day, every waking and unconscious second without the immortal pain of possible disappointment. I was torn and tormented, in an ferocious, ever shifting climate of unsettling bleak and warmth, and I’ve imagined hell to be a bliss if I would die in that moment.

As quickly as you’ve made me, you’ve wrecked my balance and sanity against the shores of truth, shattered it into pitiful bits as thick as an atoms’ edge.

As I bleed profusely, picking up every razor of truth and myself, I had glimpsed the future, and discovered my fate was non-existent without you.

Every time I see you or beheld you in my eyes and mind, I would know nothing but humility. Under the spell of beauty incarnate, my heart fell through endless heights, my mind in a trance of dreamful intoxication. And for the time we first spoke, I swore my life had closed on its final chapter. And for that time when our hearts were mutual, not even the glory of heaven or the horror of hell could impress me, for I had you.

And for that time when our hearts were mutual, not even the glory of heaven or the horror of hell could impress me, for I had you.

And when we met reality, like flowers approaching summer, beauty and perfection became temporal, and we spiraled down and fell and were almost lost. The kingdoms of passion were not constructed on impulses or in the first seconds alone. It demanded offerings, for us to be tortured, ripped apart and put together and ripped apart again, the hopes and wishes crushed so fine for a lone and secret purpose, and that was only to assemble the purest, truest essence of love. There we saw each other, crystal and thorough, hearten and complete, disproved and proved countless lyrics of love songs, and reality instead became the best teacher we have known, and few will ever have the fortune to discover.

Now, with a paved and concrete path of blind determination shot, stuck, and sunken ahead into the midst of a once wild and frightful time, we can begin to indulge the sweetness sown in those innocent times. When we are someday swaying slowly and silently to some slow music, hand in hand, warmth against warmth, heart to heart, all that will be needed, and ever will be needed is –

Love.

 

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Crow (BM113)

Scholar. Gentleman. Handsome. Also a bird.