Listening for the Alien Heartbeat

Taking a train down from Nanu Oya.  Beautiful women fly past like flocks of lorikeets, blue green yellow red:

Sri Lanka: Flashing Saris from a trainClothes dry on tea bushes.  Hills and hills of wild tea.  A skinny dark girl, unexpected in a bright pink long dress – a benign djinn smiling down at me.  A good omen, and I am grateful.

Kids, women, buildings flash past in 300 colors:

Sri Lanka: People at train platform, colorsEven a woman struggling with bags raises one arm to fly:

Sri Lanka: Woman in Sari getting on trainI mark a rundown station on my private map.  When the end of the world comes, this is where I will return to live:

Sri Lanka: Overgrown jungle railway stationWe race past a dusty girl in a dusty ochre dress, her wild hair a tangle.  She laughs teeth and waves.  Brings more joy and good fortune.

The train stops at a gate.  It takes less than an instant for this kid to grin.  I click and wish I could toss her a copy.  I toss her my heart instead.

Sri Lanka: Smiling kid at railway gate(events 18 Jan 2013)

17 Responses to “Wild Djinns, Tossing a Heart”

    • alienheartbeat

      Thanks. and it has got me thinking how much more interesting colorful places are to travel through than the places we are more used to. tough places are interesting as well, but they are also tough.

    • wewerenothing

      Ah, another soul agrees with me — The wild alien heartbeat manh is a poet and an artist even if he doesn’t realize it himself.

    • alienheartbeat

      well, I’ve left my heart in many places. (chuckle – somehow new ones keep growing).
      but this was at a railway crossing somewhere between Nanu Oya and Kandy. can’t remember exactly where.

  1. renxkyoko

    I love this part, ” when it’s time for the world to end, this is where I want to live,”

    • alienheartbeat

      Though I have to admit, there is more than one place I would be ok to spend the end of the world! Masoala rain forest in Madagascr is another.

  2. Dina

    Beautiful combination of words and images! I’ll be back for more, I’m your new follower.
    Best regards ♥

  3. Dalo 2013

    Nice series of shots ~ the first one is brilliant, the movement and color! And the 3rd one also captures the spirit of the place. Beautiful.

  4. alienheartbeat

    Thanks very much. I liked the first one also. But interesting what you say about the 3rd – I had been planning to delete it as it didn’t seem to touch one. You have given it a stay of execution for the moment. My favorite of course is the last, even though it is very messy.


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