An Arden Season

Greta Garbo Poster, Paris, 1932 — Photographer Ilse Bing

 

An Arden Season


Tempest, you are as death
Autumn’s diminished smoke;
Leaves the eve of winter
Fragile and bitter.
I wait for the thaw
Of resurrection in hope;
Let not temptation malign me
In tepid thought of naught.
Temperament of the heart
Fickle, full of folly;
Its pain, resilient
Holding to the last
Burr of love unfounded:
The sweetness of pepper
And the sting of salt.

 

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones      Deprive

Wolf Larsen — “Kitchen Door”

Contrition

Image from the movie poster, Brando

 

Contrition
3 Day Quote Challenge — No. 2 


“Regret is useless in life. It’s in the past. All we have is now.”
— Marlon Brando


“Contrition” is my second post of the 3 Day Quote Challenge.  My invitation came from Staci at A God Colored Girl in a Grey World.  Please giver her a visit, her thought-provoking posts will not disappoint.  Thank you Staci, I’m really enjoying this!  Please find the rules for the challenge below the video.

For me there has always been something very sad and unsettling about this quote. I think it’s because it’s attributed to Marlon Brando. Undeniably his life was full of much turmoil and many regrets. We see this so clearly in his portrayal of Paul in the movie, The Last Tango in Paris.  It’s my belief this is the greatest movie of his career, because it’s not role for him, Brando is Paul. This is not a film purely about sexual brutality, it’s a gut-wrenching film about emotional vulnerability, self-loathing, despair, mistakes and regrets.

An excerpt from Brando’s memoir, “When Last Tango in Paris was finished, I decided that I wasn’t ever again going to destroy myself emotionally to make a movie. I felt I had violated my innermost self and didn’t want to suffer like that anymore…”     Deprive

Video — “Last Tango in Paris — Paul’s Past”


3 Day Quote Challenge Rules

1. Thank the person that nominated you.
2. Post 1 to 3 quotes each day for 3 consecutive days.
3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day to participate in the challenge.

Do you have any favorite quotes?  My invitation is open to everyone, so if this sounds appealing to you, please give it a go and have fun with the challenge.

3 Day Quote Challenge No. 1 —  Corporeal
3 Day Quote Challenge No. 2 — “Contrition”

Corporeal

Untitled (Self-Portraits) 2006-2012 — Photographer Sally Mann

 

Corporeal
3 Day Quote Challenge — No. 1


“I like to make people a little uncomfortable. It encourages them to examine who they are and why they think the way they do.”
— Sally Mann


Thank you Staci at A God Colored Girl in a Grey World for the invitation to participle in the 3 Day Quote Challenge.  Staci is a generous and gracious blogger, her posts are always inspiring, heartfelt and thought-provoking.  Please have a visit.  You’ll find the rules for the challenge below the video. I encourage you to have a look at some of Sally Mann’s amazing photography.

Video — “Sally Mann”


3 Day Quote Challenge Rules

1. Thank the person that nominated you.
2. Post 1 to 3 quotes each day for 3 consecutive days.
3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day to participate in the challenge.

I won’t be posting 3 consecutive days, I will be posting the quotes over the next several weeks.  Do you have any favorite quotes?  My invitation is open to everyone, so if this sounds appealing to you, please jump in and give it a go.   Most importantly have fun with the challenge.   Perfection

Altered State

Photography by Rimel Neffati

 

Altered State


Off Limits is the border town
To twisted-sister cities
Out of Bounds
And
Out of Control;
Location,
A euphoric altered state
Far from the capital,
Nirvana.
Hallow is the road
To Never-Mind,
It’s up around the bend
Just this side of Paradise Lost.

 

“I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.”   Rebuild
― Kurt Cobain      Understanding

Nirvana — “All Apologies”     Struggle

Altered State” is the companion piece to the poem, Beautiful Disease.

Beautiful Disease

Hairbrush  by Rimel Neffati

 

Beautiful Disease


It’s a Road trip of sorts,
How do you get there?
Pick your poison.

That’s right
Where do you go
To be alone?
Not to be seen
By any eyes;
Other than your own?

Isolate yourself
In that room called, Safe;
Lose yourself
In the scene of the crowd;
Throw yourself down
Face first on the ground.
Blindsided eyes scathe
The imaginary ceiling
Fervently searching cracks
For the almighty trap door.
Run like an inmate
To your fetish, The Escape;
As if on a treasure hunt
Through the neighborhood.
Embrace the roundup
Of Mother’s Little Helpers;
Follow them
With rain water chasers
To your destination;
A long way from home.

 

“Thank you for the tragedy. I need it for my art.”
― Kurt Cobain      Playful

Nirvana — “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” Blank

“Beautiful Disease” is the companion piece to, “Altered State”.