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Talking Watermelon

Talking Watermelon

Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Province of China

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Of mountains and ponds...

Last week I flew around Mt. Everest. I was up at 4am, in the air and back by 9. It was a surreal experience and decidedly anti-climactic.

I’m sitting in the Hong Kong airport now, sipping a beer and watching the sun set behind the hills. I flew here from Bangkok and will be home in Taiwan in 4 short hours. As I left Bangkok, I watched the countryside recede below me and I thought about the mountain and the metaphor it represents in my life.

As my thoughts rolled away like the landscape, I saw a circular lake. It was surrounded by shimmering rice fields – like a black pearl set in gold foil. The cloud cover added a shadow to the pond and made it a perfectly formed Yin Yang. From no other point at no other time would it have looked the same. I didn’t think it coincidence that I happened to be there to see it. Balance in all things from 30,000 feet on a Saturday afternoon.

Odd, I thought, how when you go searching for the sublime it has an unexpected way of finding you.


  • madworld
    madworldabout 4 years ago

    Nice entry Brad. Ah to travel the east again and see things in a whole different light which puts our lives back into perspective.

  • crackedpot
    crackedpotabout 4 years ago

    It only finds those who are open to it:-) Thanks for sharing.