Kucing Gatal Speaks

Thursday, February 23, 2006

A gentle soul

On the train recently, I happened to be seated across from a guy who was skinny, had scraggly hair and a couple of tattoos. There was a general wildness about him. He seemed to be one of those who couldn't care less what others thought of him.

I had him pegged as a Mat Rock, till he looked up and stared straight at me. He had the softest looking eyes I have ever seen on a man. It immediately made him seem gentler and at peace with the world. I couldn't help but stare back. It was hypnotic. Even after he looked away, I still felt strangely drawn to him.

And then, (and I'm not making this up), he started sucking his thumb. But it wasn't the kind of thumb sucking that infants and toddlers indulge in. It was weird. He had his thumb in his mouth, while the rest of his fingers stroked his face. He didn't seem to be consciously doing it - in fact he seemed to be in a different world altogether, and didn't seem to realise that people were looking at him.

The guy got off at the next stop, leaving me staring after him. There was just something inexplicably strange about him. He may have been stoned out of his mind, but those eyes ... they haunted me for the rest of the day.

I prefer to think of him as a gentle soul, rather than a stoned addict. It's a lot more heartwarming, don't you think? And that's what the world needs at this moment. More gentle souls.

Till next time, this is Kucing Gatal signing out with a gentle Meow.


  • so, what do u think about guys with sepet eyes?

    By Blogger Mr Hobo, at February 23, 2006 11:35 PM  

  • Mr Hobo, it's not the shape of the eyes. It's just the innocence in them, sepet or otherwise :)

    By Blogger Kucing Gatal, at February 24, 2006 3:17 AM  

  • I think this is today's reminder for me not to judge books by their covers again.
    Gentle souls, certainly. More kindness would go a long way too.

    By Blogger plink, at February 24, 2006 5:31 PM  

  • maybe i should start taking the train.
    sounds interesting.

    btw...mamat tu handsome ke?

    By Blogger superdzu, at February 27, 2006 4:33 PM  

  • we DEFINITELy need more gentle souls in this world.

    u are right plink, never judge book by its cover

    and I, when taking train rides after this, should be more kind and innocent for Kucing might notice me and post "Another Gentle Soul". Just joking kucing..

    By Anonymous kdroxy, at February 28, 2006 2:12 PM  

  • Hi, I bloghopping lah. I have train stories also. Later I blog huh?

    By Blogger sitisarah, at February 28, 2006 2:14 PM  

  • Hi Kucing Gatal,
    Your blog is cool:) You are as naughty as I am LOL.

    Btw..is it itchy cat or itchy pussy:P

    By Blogger lilyliverbird, at February 28, 2006 11:17 PM  

  • Train rides always allow you to see interesting people with interesting behaviours. I remember writing about train rides before. It allows you to look at the world in a different perspective somehow. You get a lot of thinking time too during the journey. But after getting outa the train...it's, "Welcome back to the real world"

    By Anonymous S-Kay, at March 02, 2006 2:41 PM  

  • aloha kucing yang gatal :)

    By Anonymous judd, at March 04, 2006 6:14 PM  

  • Plink: That's right, but we're still going to continue doing it anyway. It's difficult to stop!

    Superdzu: He wasn't handsome, but he was mesmerising.

    Kdroxy: Tell me what train you take and I may be on it one day ;)

    Sitisarah: Welcome.

    Lilyliverbird: Thank you, and welcome. As for the itchy translation, it's entirely open to my readers to decide.

    S-kay: The mind tends to wander when on public transport, except if you're packed like a sardine or sitting next to a very smelly person or loud person, etc etc :)

    Judd: Aloha!

    By Blogger Kucing Gatal, at March 04, 2006 7:56 PM  

  • kucing..i take the longest train ride without driver and another one with driver but got its wheel fell off track and hit a pedestrian on his head...

    just look out for a guy with walkman staring absent mindedly through the window listening to song and trying hard not to sing and entertain other fellow commuters...hehehe... :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 06, 2006 11:03 AM  

  • Kucing! You've disappeared for so long! And I need to pet a cat. Come back!

    By Blogger xaph, at March 19, 2006 11:06 PM  

  • Are you there yet?!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 24, 2006 10:24 AM  

  • yoo hooo...anyone home???

    By Blogger lilyliverbird, at March 29, 2006 11:05 PM  

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