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Sharing Poetry: Jack Gilbert, "Failing and Flying"

Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew.
It’s the same when love comes to an end,
or the marriage fails and people say
they knew it was a mistake, that everybody
said it would never work. That she was 
old enough to know better. But anything
worth doing is worth doing badly.
Like being there by that summer ocean
on the other side of the island while
love was fading out of her, the stars 
burning so extravagantly those nights that
anyone could tell you they would never last.
Every morning she was asleep in my bed
like a visitation, the gentleness in her
like antelope standing in the dawn mist.
Each afternoon I watched her coming back
through the hot stony field after swimming,
the sea light behind her and the huge sky
on the other side of that. Listened to her
while we ate lunch. How can they say 
the marriage failed? Like the people who
came back from Provence (when it was Provence)
and said it was pretty but the food was greasy.
I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell,
but just coming to the end of his triumph.

“How can the future be molded with hands full of baggage labeled ‘What Was’ and ‘What Could’ve Been?’ Where can you go with all that stuff, and how much fun will you have with it when you get there? Leave those bags behind, and hope they stay lost before you get to your next destination. All right, take a few souvenirs if you must, but just nice stuff. No junk.”

—Michael Rawls

“He thought her beautiful, believed her impeccably wise; dreamed of her, wrote poems to her, which, ignoring the subject, she corrected in red ink…”

“I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.”

—Happy birthday to a big influence in my life, Ms Virginia Woolf. 

I’ll be damned. It is one of THOSE days again.

I’ll be damned. It is one of THOSE days again.

So proud of my friends. So proud to call these young men friends. So excited to see them tomorrow, like always.

(Source: Spotify)

addyprim:

never settled
praktica 35mm + super expired fuji

addyprim:

never settled

praktica 35mm + super expired fuji

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