2015年7月14日星期二

I Was Once Streets Ahead of My Competitors

When I was young,
I liked to win.
I liked to win a lot.
And luckily I always won in a game or other!

Might be when I was young,
I could choose to compete with others
only in those games in which
I had competitive advantages over others!

If I could not choose the game I like,
I did not at all compete with them
in those games I would most probably lose! 


Whenever I could win others, and always, in a game or whatever,
I liked to say " I am streets ahead of my competitors!"
Its Chinese translation is "我拋甩他們幾條街!"

* * *

When I have got older, I found that
I could not always win, in a game or other!

In a world of adults,
I cannot always only choose
to compete with others in a game in which
I had competitive advantages over others! !

I am forced to compete with others
in many games not chosen by me,
in my life, in my workplace, in my various social circles...

* * *

I find that I have not said  
"I am streets ahead of my competitors!"
for quite a long time!

__________


Rodriguez, Sixto Diaz. - Street Boy 


Street boy
You've been out too long
Street boy
Ain't you got enough sense to go home
Street boy
You're gonna end up alone
You need some love and understanding
Not that dead-end life you're planning
Street boy
You go home but you can't stay
Because something's always pulling you away
Your fast hellos and quick goodbyes
You're just a street boy
With the streetlights in your eyes
You better get yourself together
Look for something better
Street boy
You've been out too long
Street boy
Ain't you got enough sense to go home
Street boy
You're gonna end up alone
You need some love and understanding
Not that dead-end life you're planning
Street boy
Your sister says that every week
You just come home to eat and go to sleep
And you make plans you never keep
Because your mind is always in the streets
You better get yourself together
Look for something better
Street boy
You've been out too long
Street boy
Ain't you got enough sense to go home
Street boy
You're gonna end up alone
You need some love and understanding
Not that dead-end life you're planning
Street boy
There's one last word then I'll conclude
Before you pick up and put on your attitude
Bet you'll never find or ever meet
Any street boy who's ever beat the streets
Street boy...