A picture is a poem without words. – Horace
My friend Aziz is an art and French teacher in Sydelle’s school and after school, he’s a Futsal coach. I have been inspired by his dedication, enthusiasm, and passion for teaching. And he’s a teacher with a big heart too. Sydelle once told me that Aziz bought them paint and brushes so they could paint during art lesson instead of using the same old oil pastel. Aziz is also a person with many talents – Artist (Abstract Art), Photographer (BW)/Aikidoka.
Today, Aziz shared with me a short poem and said it’s okay for me to post. I think it’s simple, sweet, but deep.
How much is too much…
Is your love to me …
As the air we breathe…
It’s never free
– Aziz Gattoufi [13.06.18]
Hello Aunt Ying
I can’t believe it’s been a year since you left us.
I thought about you often after your passing.
And you even appear in my dream twice.
I’m glad you’re now free and at peace,
re-united again with grandma, uncle PW, and my dad.
I believe they were there to welcome you with open arms.
Only when I was in my 20s and started working
that I got to know you better.
You seemed stern and strict to us when we were young.
But the truth was you were kind, understanding and witty.
And you were the aunt who would call me occasionally
to see how I was doing and for that I thank you.
Today, I want to remember
… your beautiful smile
… your warm hug
…your caring heart
…your love for gardening,
and your beautiful garden.
Also to let you know that
you’re in our thoughts today and
we believe your spirit still lives among us.
Memories of you will continue
to linger in our hearts and
we will always miss you.
I have always been fascinated
by ponds – big, medium or small.
Some are natural, others may come
with lovely sculptures or refreshing fountains.
But, my favourite is the pond that has healthy
well-fed Koi swimming in it.
I visited a Catholic church recently and
I was delighted to see a beautiful pond
with a statue of Jesus Christ.
And when I took a closer look
I was thrilled to see a group of energetic
Koi swimming in the pond.
Just watching the Koi makes me glad.
I feel peace within and at the same time intrigued
by these amazing Koi, for they embody
a kind of quiet beauty and mystery.
And I can’t help but ponder
on the importance of
love, unity, and friendship.
“Why, Lord?” I cried
when I heard about the massacre
in Las Vegas that night.
I recall the last such incident
that I prayed and wished
it would be the last.
Why did this lone gunman kill
all those innocent people?
Was it because of too much hatred
and lack of love?
Was he distraught, brainwashed
or think he can play God?
But who am I to question you, Lord.
For your thoughts are not my thoughts.
I pray that you’ll comfort
the families that are grieving,
those who got hurt and need speedy healing.
I plead for you to stir and awaken
the hearts of those in power
to make it a little harder for
a reckless man like him
to gun down people.
May we who feel so powerless
continue to stand strong in unity
and do our small part
to make this world a safer
and better place to live.