Sunday, February 24, 2008

Leaving and Returning

"To leave is romantic, to return is baroque." -Anton LaVey

It's so dramatic to make an exit. Slam the door. Burn your bridge. Announce your sabbatical. People would run after you. Write their elegies in their minds. And then, eventually, they will forget. Returning is the harder thing. You should outweigh the drama of your leaving. Dying at the airport had been done. Returning as a body is simply tragic, albeit heroic. Baroque is such an apt word. The word came from the Portuguese word, barroco, which is a pearl that went beyond round and is now grotesque or elaborate. To go beyond sheer drama, you have to return elaborately. The OFWs are expected to have baroque returns. This is Odysseus bearing gifts. Baroque connotes money. That's why many Filipinos decide to be romantic and not return.


Blogger padma said...

Is there a logical connection between pinoy slang barok and baroque? Or are they about as related as pinoy slang salvage and OED salvage?

Hey I got another nice word verification thingie: ensumo. It means to end a love affair of sumo-wrestler proportions after consummation.

1:16 PM  
Blogger frank cimatu said...

Barok started with the cartoon character later played by Yoyoy Villame. I heard the cartoonist (was it Larry Alcala) who said that he had a student spell baroque as barok. and of course, there's the rok in rock.

2:06 PM  

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