How to reveal a secret
... and a list of what I've been loving lately
A secret casually slipped between two innocuous layers: of jokes and daily messages; an emoji and an LOL. Hiding in the cracks of everydayness like an ugly surprise, an ingredient that isn’t quite right.
A secret laid bare, bald on the kitchen table in the spur of a drunken moment, the air leaden with tension and anticipation. Despite trying to avoid it, it lays in the periphery of one’s vision, sticking out at first but slowly becoming a part of the tablescape.
A secret that waits at the end of an agonisingly long wind-up, a narrative journey on twisting roads through forested hills. Each hairpin curve is an opportunity to double back, an attempt at escape — but not good enough to lead back to safe ground.
A secret laid over a bottom layer of testing the water. Throw in three cups of practicality. Set it aside to rise (in anger, perhaps, or shock, or numb relief). Feed with a dash of philosophising as per taste.
A secret in a cage behind bars behind a thick door in a steel vault behind a drawbridge that never comes down. Unlike Houdini, escape is impossible.
And now, for this month’s recommendations. This month had five Saturdays so it feels a bit like I was being cheated of my once-in-two-weeks rhythm. Yet, I persist.
What I’ve been loving lately:
“Homeboy” with Rajiv Surendra (if I were to imagine Kindred Spirits as a person, it would be someone like him)
Blue Flag (Manga)