As soon as I turn off the room lights to sleep after a rather irritating day at work with all sorts of faux pas happening and then dinner with friends and lot of 'bakar', there it is. I am alone as room mate has hopped off to a trip. It is dark. I have the window wide open to allow the cool Singapore breeze to come all through.
This. Right now. It is perfect.
Half of the entire wall in the middle is window. Out of the square open space of the huge rectangular window lined on both sides with curtains pulled in just a little bit, I am seeing canopies of the taller streets right outside my building. Those canopies form the lower half of this view. They look greenish black in the dark with little rays of light coming through them from the street lamps here and there. Just as I lie down I happen to look up a tad bit further up from the tree canopies. Dark grey streaks of cloud are moving like they are playing hide and seek with each other in the black sky. A little further up and there it is. A beautifully imperfect, bright circular moon. The moon has always intrigued me but tonight it is truly truly, and I can say this with all the strength that I have, breath-taking. That simplicity of a few trees and a moon shining above, is powerful and engulfs you like a cozy, comforting quilt on a chilly night. Much more than that...much more. The clouds play along 'eating up' the moon for a while and then leaving it alone to shine. I lie here thinking about all the things that affect me. Mostly about what I ever did to be worthy of having this one ultimate view. Yes, it is that strong. It's that good a view.
I can see those spots on the moon too and that is of course, making it more picturesque. It right now shines ever so gently into my window with its calming halo. There is no other light from anywhere else. No cars on the street to make any kind of noise except the occasional cab that is taking people back to their home, I would like to assume. There's one pedestal fan running rather silently. It is very peaceful and quiet. It is just me with myself after very long. I say Hello. I happened to have my earphones on and it is playing lines from the song 'Lal Ishq' of the movie Raam Leela (2013) which go something like this:
"Ye kaali raat jakad lun,
Ye thanda chaand pakad lun,
Din raat ke bairi bhed ka,
Rukh mod ke main rakh dun"
* Not too sure of the correct lines but that's what it sounded like.
Certain moments are never meant to be forgotten, however ordinary they may be, however dramatic they may sound, however strong or light reactions they may generate. This, for me, is the true definition of wealth. Must collect stuff like this and take it with us wherever we go irrespective of Time. Therefore, I write it down. I have to admit I am going to loop and re-loop the song and simple lie watching the night sky until I fall asleep after writing this. I am trying not to sleep now for I want to not let the view slip away for as long as I can. I had to pick up the laptop and work on this post because this is so perfect. I cannot bear that thought of parting with this place and time go ergo, here I am trying to capture it in a thousand words. I could have very easily clicked a photograph from my camera and posted along here. I didn't for a purpose. How can nature be so giving, so empowering, so devastating and painful at the same time, is beyond my understanding. I will not even attempt. It feels as though I must be truly blessed to be able to have this luxury. Of this view. A perfect moonlit night, that has been given to me in my hands. All to myself. All for me to admire. Perhaps I should want nothing more. At least right now. For now, I stop caring about anything else.
PS: It is 4.50 am. The Sun will rise soon. I can see the moon set unto the horizon in orange-ish white shades with a tinge of yellow striking through it because of some cloud. The moon is now visible in three horizontal stripes. If the moon is so beautiful tonight, then the sunrise...