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apple a day

apple a day
Written by Cathoel Jorss,

Saturday night, home with the one I love. We cycled over to the Korean grocers’ in the freezing cold mist to get ingredients and I made soto ayam, my favourite Javanese chicken soup from childhood. He is nutting something out for himself on the guitar. I read him something I had written earlier, while he was shredding the chicken. Then we lay down for a while in silence and after a long time I said, want to hear the song I wrote on my phone the other day? I can’t remember how it goes. And he listened to it and then said, Cathoel just drop the ‘& the New Government’ and publish your songs as Cathoel. I said, but why? It’s my favourite band name of all time! And so then he told me why, mentioning some features of what he hears in my voice that made me curl my toes with delight.

The song, I tell him, reading off the tiny screen, is called In the Human Senses of the Word. He closes his eyes. Outside the window it is silent and completely dark. I can see a few lights on in a few other houses. What’s your day like right now? Catch me up.

19 comments on “apple a day

  1. Lovely thoughts, Cathoel. I am in downsizing mode as we plan on selling our home in spring and finding smaller, less expensive and less fussy quarters. Hope you are well. Love reading your entries.

    Laura Taylor November 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm
  2. Hey what’s the recipe for the chicken!


    fJG November 29, 2016 at 5:34 am
  3. Good to see(read?) you happy m’dear. It’s a happy time for me and mine also; my beautiful, intelligent and kind hearted daughter has just graduated and gone to her Formal, dressed in a stunning full-length blue sequined gown. Ah there was a tear in her old Dad’s eye that night I can tell you.
    Ha! But I guess my work is done, already I seem to hear David Attenboroughs narration..”Now the mighty ambulatory seed-pod falls to the forest floor. It’s work finished in its species complicated reproductive cycle, its’ inert form becomes merely a source of protein for the larval swarm..”etc.
    Enough babble! Stay happy!

    rev November 30, 2016 at 11:16 am

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