On a Rainy New Year’s Day

Have you ever seen earthworms swimming on a flooded pavement?

Well, neither have I, until the afternoon of January 1st, 2021. I don’t know which make me cringe more, the sight of those hapless earthworms or the sudden realisation that I had been walking through the same ankle high water in my flip-flops.

January 1st, 2021 will be remembered for the torrential shower as I made my way to Masjid Assyafaah for solat jumaat, for the sight of those earthworms, for the wind blowing my umbrella upwards, for having my trousers drenched, for the subsequent cold but thankfully also for the warm plate of mutton briyani with uncle Muz after.

The first three days of 2021 have been somewhat surreal, cold and rainy. I haven’t decide if it is symbolic of the new year, whether it is optimistic or foreboding..


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