Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Dragons of Chinatown

“The sky was low, the sounding rain was falling dense and dark, and Noah’s sons were standing at the window of the Ark.”  -C.S. Lewis,  The Late Passenger

Though summer, the morning were full of fog and chill, air frigid and damp, we strolled from the hotel with warm coffee and scarfs, into San Francisco's Chinatown.
“The beasts were in, but Japhet said, ‘I see one creature more belated and unmated there come knocking at the door.’”  -C.S. Lewis,  The Late Passenger

Past the gates and up and down the hills, we paused to pose and laugh.  Cable cars ring.  Trucks deliver.  Old men in the markets point and talk low.
“ ‘Well let him knock,’ said Ham, ‘Or let him drown or learn to swim.  We’re overcrowded as it is; we’ve got no room for him.’”   -C.S. Lewis,  The Late Passenger

We feed ourselves by a second floor window.  One of those large open Chinese joints with the round tables and white clothes and stale tea in tiny porcelain cups.
“ ‘And yet it knocks, how terribly it knocks,’ said Shem, ‘Its feet are hard as horn –but oh the air that comes from it is sweet.’”  -C.S. Lewis,  The Late Passenger

Feel as though you've been there before, feel as though you've seen so much, feel as though you forget and forgive and so much time has passed that what's the point of  holding onto anything from the past.  Let it go.  Laugh and let it all go.
“Said Noah, ‘Boys, I hear a noise that’s like a horse’s hoof,’  Said Ham, ‘Why, that’s the dreadful rain that drums upon the roof.’”  -C.S. Lewis,  The Late Passenger

There's too much else to live for.
“ ‘And all the world, oh Ham, may curse the hour when you were born; because of you the Ark must sail without the Unicorn.’”  -C.S. Lewis,  The Late Passenger

Keep smiling.  If magically someone smiles back, taste them with your teeth.

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