MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU: ECHOES 148 & ghostly gossips
fallen withered leaves
luxuriant greens flourish
end is new begin
I was told not to let children dressed in devilish costumes, otherwise evil influences might incurred. Frankly, I thought children and adults were participating in some fun parties. The neighbours hardly visited one another. During Haloween here, the front gates were at least opened and some good mutual wishes uttered. The Chinese have their own ghost days, and we tend to stay indoors. Ghost, gui, in Chinese is written with three combined radicals. The top, xin, is a large unusual head with gapping fontanel; follow by ren (meaning people), and at the tail end is, mo (meaning selfish). In other words, selfish people has large deformed head, and is ghostly in character. Chinese are never afraid of outside invaders, only cautious against internal gui. Play is role playing the hidden fear.
The food pictures were served to children’s invited friends, plus pasta and apple juices.