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directions to….

hk love

directions to making a memory for constant replay about the city you love and the person you love that will withstand changes even if the city and the person do not

Return to the city where you were born, where you grew up, studied, met the people who composed you, fell in love and then left. Wait for a sunny day in the summer. August 1st, 2009 is a good day. Make sure someone you love and who loves you (possibly the love of your life to use the phrase) is with you. Maybe today is the last time you’ll be together for a couple of months. Maybe the two of you can not possibly be in this exact place again for the next three years.

Find a subway. Get on a train to Jordan; it’s on the red line between Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui. Or you can walk there if you’re already somewhere close though distance is relative and the city is sweltering. Exit onto Nathan Road and walk towards Tsim Sha Tsui on the left side of the road. It is difficult to get lost, but if you do, wander until you find the main road again. Keep walking straight until you pass a McDonalds. Walk until you see a long line of people. Wonder to yourself what they can all be thinking standing out in this heat waiting for something. Get in line. Wait.

Eventually you will reach the head of the line and be asked how many you want. Probably you’ll be asked in Chinese so if you don’t understand just raise two fingers. If you’re lucky enough to both understand and speak the language, tell them you want two and hand over twenty-two dollars. Wait.

You will be handed two brown paper bags, each containing a circular waffle made up of bubbles curled slightly to fit inside the bag. These things I know are certain: it will be crispy on the outside, chewy inside, warm and perfect. Hopefully the sun is shining, but it’s not suffocating. Hopefully the person you love is next to you. With chance and luck and maybe fate, hopefully the two of you know you love each other. Maybe you’ll eat now. Maybe you’ll leave this city and not return. Perhaps.

And I know these directions are certain.

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jellyfish

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jellyfish in the sky
i wish i too could float on by
rote, routine, regular, repeat
move my soul, move my feet

undulate past clouds and fluff
breezing by birds, carefree ‘nough
get, going, gallop, groove
to the commute, to the move

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