曙光; the first gleam of light
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0 Comments 曙光; the first gleam of light - 2014-04-25 11:26:56

I started writing a bit stories (about Mom) from my childhood. I feel so blessed that I have such a great mom in my life and glad that she is here with me.

"The time that my journey takes is long and the way of it long.

I came out on the chariot of the first gleam of light, and pursued my voyage through the wildernesses of worlds leaving my track on many a star and planet.

It is the most distant course that comes nearest to thyself, and that training is the most intricate which leads to the utter simplicity of a tune.

The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.

My eyes strayed far and wide before I shut them and said 'Here art thou!'

The question and the cry 'Oh, where?' melt into tears of a thousand streams and deluge the world with the flood of the assurance 'I am!'

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曙光

孩提時,有幾年時間,母親須上山採茶葉。她總是帶著矯健的步伐,和家裡當時那條叫阿音的小狗,清早出門工作,日落後久久才回到家。有幾次,祖母要我送午餐去茶園,印象中 那條路好長好長,我長途跋涉、翻山越嶺,才到達目的地。 沿途我心裡忐忑不安,怕迷失在深邃的叢林中。

傍晚時分,祖母和我拿著板凳,坐在屋簷下,等著母親歸來。好幾次,母親在山上茶園等候遲未出現的茶商來磅茶,祖母憂心遲遲未歸的母親,潸然淚下。

在祖母的啜泣聲裡,我乍然聽到遠處傳來的狗吠聲。我對祖母說:狗回來了,牠帶阿母回來了。隨即,阿音衝向我,搖晃著思家的尾巴,飢腸轆轆的舔著我。而牠那雙炯炯的眼睛,頓時點亮了晦暗的前院。母親放下採茶籃及鐮刀,問祖母:這麼晚,妳哪還未去睡?

沒有手錶的我,不知當時已多晚, 但我不停的想像:母親如何在天色晦暗的山林裡,無懼的找到回家的路?年紀稍長後,我曾思考:在困頓孤寂的生活裡,當時母親如何看到生命的曙光?

兩年多前的清晨,我從台北灣漫步到砲台公園,拍下這張照片。住台北灣三年, 彷彿過著離群索居的生活。上個月一個突然的感動, 我立刻決定搬回淡水街上。 回首看所有發生的事,我更相信上帝奇妙的作為。只要仰頭,曙光無所不在!

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