Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Imprints In The Sand

You teach people, the same people for two, three, four years. You would like to think something of you (hopefully something good) stays with them. It is like mana, the excrescence of numinosity.

But one day, they're gone. The link is gone, and if not gone, is stretched by trail and contrail, or trial or mistrial, to a tenuous something that isn't even quite there. With time, the associated ideas and memories will fade. And the essence of you will be lost; after all, they owe you nothing, and you have paid your debt.

Sometimes, though, the magic may return. The mana reforms, is magnified or transformed oddly. The old wolf, decrepit but dangerous in his lair, is remembered; the egg of the dead phoenix is reborn. This is how a sword is forged: tenuous strands of metal are hammered, rebonded, recrystallized, broken and remade.

And although the steps you walked those months and years ago are washed clean by the salt water on the sea strand, the fact that you once made them is not lost. It has a mana of its own. Hence, the Eternal Hoodlums. Hence, the many faces on the Book of Faces.

You sit on the stony margin of the beach and watch the footprints wash away. There is regret, perhaps, but that too washes away. And the new years begin, one, another, a third. They end, and time ends with them. What remains is joy.

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Blogger etaaan! said...

perhaps if you walk far away enough from the water the footprints won't get washed away.

in other news it was strange seeing our juniors taking charge of orientation. i half-hoped to run into some fellow year 6's along the corridors and sac. acs just doesn't seem the same!

Thursday, January 03, 2008 12:51:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u can never forget the 1st batch sir haha

Thursday, January 03, 2008 1:01:00 am  
Anonymous ~autolycus said...

etaaan!: and if you don't walk at all there are no footprints to wash away.

sleepyboi: of course you can't. today was really quite bad, it was like being in a place full of strangers.

Thursday, January 03, 2008 1:33:00 am  
Anonymous Hierophant said...

Tsk, I was around and I am certainly not a stranger.

Thursday, January 03, 2008 2:16:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard that this year's girl to guy ratio is pretty balanced (ard 109 if im right). haha.

Thursday, January 03, 2008 3:46:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know the feeling of being in a place full of strangers when you expect to feel otherwise.
but it gets better, and we will always remember you (:

Thursday, January 03, 2008 5:57:00 am  
Blogger xinhui said...

Thursday, January 03, 2008 6:16:00 am  
Anonymous Luke said...

I suppose a reason why you miss the old year 6 might be because we keep coming back as year 7s, lurking about the school.

Friday, January 04, 2008 1:48:00 am  
Anonymous kentay said...

play enough board games on the benches or soccer on the turf and we'll be getting kicked out soon enough luke

Friday, January 04, 2008 4:52:00 am  

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