FICTION + ART BY E SHON

Month: July, 2014

Death Is Free

grandpa back view sheung wan hong kong streetdeath is free graffiti hong kong streethanging t shirt street hong kongcardboard box pile sai ying punmao figurines hollywood road sheung wan hong kongfood delivery truck sheung wan street hong kongghostly old man shop window soho hong kong

He’s been waiting to be plucked from this veritable hell hole for some time now. What once used to torture him has now diminished to a humming nuisance. The stink, the heaviness, and of course the Heat. It smothers his body in its fervent vapors, incinerating his lashes and drying up the last trace of moisture in his throat.

He doesn’t know what the afterworld will look like but he knows he’s headed there soon. Their faces play in reverse chronological order in his mind, occasionally shuffling backwards and forwards as he searches his memory. Long gone friends, distant uncles, lovers, people he hurt, the ones who he left. He’s forgotten some of their names. Most of them disappeared before he could say his apologies.

He straightens the brim of his cap, his grey hairs matted down to his forehead in sweat. This must be a good time to make his peace with God, if it was ever going to happen. He can’t think of what to say or how to put it. His regret may count for something.

He waits with an uncertain expectation, not knowing exactly how it’ll happen. He looks up to the cloudless sky, the heat waves melding the colors of late summer. He’s up next.

In a little while…

sheung wang window view connaught road west

Strobe lights and blown speakers 
Fireworks and hurricanes 
I’m not here 
This isn’t happening

 

It’s bloody hot and my head is boiling.

workers breakcat sheung wan street chinese medicine hong kongsheung wan medicine shop office street hong kongworker break inside truck street sheung wan hong kongsanitation worker street sheung wan hang hong konghat sanitiation worker garbage sheung wan street hong kong