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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Scent of a Saint


"I walked past him
and I thought
"I can't breathe...!"
And then
I looked at the man
for more than a split second.
He was not asking
for any spare change.
He seemed content.
What an anachronism
with the world I live in.
I looked at the wrinkles
And the soulful eyes
I looked at his demeanor
And his peaceful
-dare I say blissful-
gentle smile.
Now THERE was a true,
genuine,
luminous smile!
And I realized,
almost immediately,
that what I had taken
as some kind of stench,
was actually
the scent of a saint."

- Luciano Pimentel, May 2007



Aye, it took more than a minute
for it to actually dawn on
perspicacious me.

Of course,
when one is so accustomed to
being surrounded by
well-perfumed,
well-to-do,
non-decrepit physically
but morally and spiritually
decayed individuals,
one gets used to it...

Anything perceived as
(but not actually)
"less"
is immediately deemed
"uncivilized"...
Unworthy?

All this simply goes to show that
we know very little.
We have much to learn.

We are all learning.
Each and every day.


Dedicated to the memory of
August Felix
and all those who have been, will be or
are just like he was.


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