and so you have gone
leaving me here
in a room with a torn shade
and Siegfried’s Idyll playing on a small red radio.
and you left so quickly
as suddenly as you had arrived
and as I wiped your face and lips
you opened the largest eyes I have yet to see
and said, “I might have known
it would be you,”
and you did recognize me
but not for long
and an old man of white thin legs
in the next bed
said, “I don’t want to die,”
and your blood came again
and I held it in the pail of my hands,
all that was left
of the nights, and the days too,
and the old man was still alive
but you were not
we are not.
and you went as you arrived,
you left me quickly,
you had left me so many times before
when I thought it would destroy me
but it did not
and you always returned.
now I have turned off the red radio
and somebody in the next apartment slams a door.
the indictment is final: I will not find you on the street
nor will the phone ring, and each moment will not
let me be in peace.
it is not enough that there are many deaths
and that this is not the first;
it is not enough that I may live many more days,
even perhaps, more years.
it is not enough.
the phone is like a dead animal that will
not speak. and when it speaks again it will
always be the wrong voice now.
I have waited before and you have always walked in through
the door. now you must wait for me.
Hesher - Funeral Scene
scene from the film, “Magnolia” - “The Goddam Regret”
When you’re dieing and on your death bed, all that matters is the memories you’ve made in this life. The good and the bad and the relationships you’ve shared. The things you’de wished you’de said. The time you shared with some one you loved. The things you experienced. It doesn’t matter how much money you had or what car you drove or how much stuff you gathered. It’s the connections we share that matter in the end. Make a good memory today, no one can take that away from you. Don’t die with the music still in you.
From The Archives: Steve Jobs delivers Stanford University’s 114th Commencement Address on June 12, 2005. Topic: How to live before you die.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
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The execution of Troy Davis really irked me. If you haven’t kept up with it, give it a couple minutes of your time. The United States has executed yet another man who may very well have been innocent, and I can’t help but feel embarrassment & sorrow. Too many people have been found innocent after being put to death for me to be ok with capitol punishment. It’s tragic to say the least.
I wanted to see what other countries still participate in this shameful act, only to find we are in the company of some unsavory places. In case you geography skills are as poor as mine, the countries marked in red include: China, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Cuba, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, & Syria, among others.
Only one country in all of Europe practices it and that is Belarus.
Memento mori is a Latin phrase translated as “Remember your mortality”, “Remember you must die” or “Remember you will die” It names a genre of artistic work which varies widely, but which all share the same purpose: to remind people of their own mortality. The phrase has a tradition in art that dates back to antiquity.
fascinating and inspirational. life after death.
Amazing Discovery of the Day: Vivian Maier was an unassuming French-born amateur photographer who worked as a nanny in Chicago during the 50s and 60s. Two years prior to her death in 2009, a young real-estate agent stumbled upon thousands of her negatives at an estate sale, and purchased them for $400. 26-year-old John Maloof soon realized what he had actually paid for: The life’s work of one of the greatest street photographers the world never knew.
Street Art of the Day: According to JetSet Graffiti, the paint was still drying on the massive mural world-renowned street artist BLU spent 4 days putting up on the north-facing wall of the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Los Angeles) — at MOCA’s behest — when the powers-that-be began scrubbing it off.
LA Downtown News thought the mural may have offended two vet organizations situated nearby, but, when asked, both the Veterans Administration and the National Go For Broke Education Center claimed they did not complain to MOCA.
No word on how this might impact MOCA’s upcoming street art exhibit, which is set to open in April.
[photo: unurth / thanks jc!]