Wednesday, February 13, 2008

tagged !

I have been tagged by Gautami again. :)

This time, it's called a 10 for 10 and I am required to say 10 things about myself in verse. So here it is, in no particular order..


10 for 10


it's strange, i can take any whisky,
beer, fruit juice, the bitterest of tea,
but a tiny drop of coffee
is like the deadliest poison to me.


people keep as pets, dogs, cats, canaries.
me, i once had a baby python.
no, that's not how i got this nick.
that will be another long story.


when i said i lived in singapore,
they said, ah, that's china?
and i said it's 1 degree 18 minutes north,
and 103 degrees 50 minutes east.
which tends to make things worse.


rock blasting from hi-fi.
irate neighbour
pounds on front door.


i love to go a-cycling
on my mountain bike
but lately i couldn't do it
as much as i like.
(it's the damn work, baby)


i like them all, Owen,
Blake, Levine, Komunyakaa,
finest vintage,
but the flavour of the moment
is old Bukowski.


i wanted to be a journalist,
visit the hot spots,
travel the world for free.
ended up in technology.
dreams sometimes
don't end up as you wished.


"no candles no cakes no golden key
just a lighted cigarette passed around
a gulp of contraband beer
the impatient fingering of weapons"

excerpts from [ 21 ]


oh, school was a bore and a slog.
played the fool.
thought it was cool.
oh, life now is a bore and a slog


thinking hard about the tenth
but the mind's a hazy blank.
right in front's a brick wall,
so folks, i guess that's all.


End of bad verses. Normal transmission will resume in a few days...



Blogger 'soulless' said...

Such an entertaining read! Reminds all of us what much fun we can have with a few words and a healthy sense of humor to boot. Have to admit, the first is my fave (a coffee junkie at your service, heehee). The third made me laugh loudest (being Asian myself, grin). ;)

13 February, 2008 23:08  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

This is not supposed to flow! Yours does!

Many people still ask me if we have internet here? do we ride on elephants? You get me gist?

The very hygienic Asian toilets puts them off. When I visited Singapore, I was pleased to see those toilets and here in India at the supposedly modern places like Theatres, Malls etc, they only have the western ones.

Another rant.

Thanks for doing it. And you did very well.

13 February, 2008 23:19  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hi 'soulless',

thanks! glad you enjoyed these "verses" :)

i really need a lot of catching up to do. been missing from your blog (and the rest of my reads) for the past few weeks. trying hard to shake off the effects of the holidays..:)

13 February, 2008 23:23  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


wow, two of the fastest responses i have. :)

gautami, i guess stereotypes are hard to shake off.

>>Many people still ask me if we have internet here?

Tell them about Bangalore, we have a lot of Indian nationals working in IT here. :)

And you have been to Singapore?

13 February, 2008 23:37  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

I would say this gets as A+. Thanks for the laugh this morning!!

14 February, 2008 21:07  
Blogger Blue Sky said...

I wouldn't call them bad.


Hope you had a great lunar new year!

14 February, 2008 22:53  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hey Pat,
thanks for the A+ :)

you wrote a funny poem in your latest blog post too.

thank you. :)

the holidays are good, but now trying to cope with the work in the office.

14 February, 2008 23:42  
Blogger polona said...

these were a delight to read and rendered some insight into the person that is dsnake1 :)

15 February, 2008 01:01  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you, polona!

15 February, 2008 07:59  
Blogger floots said...

nice one(s)
i'm certainly with you on bukowski
but i gotta have my coffee
(don't like whisky though - but don't tell the locals) :)

17 February, 2008 23:58  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


yes, i know, i once saw from your blog a photo of his books on your bookshelf. :)

18 February, 2008 19:06  

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