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I gaze into jukebox skies.
Sun-blotted days have bleached my shoulders. My mane is turning white. Hunch-backed, I grasp a scallop-shelled walking-stick, ambling along on driftwood legs.
“My characters are drifters and searchers and they look for something. The journey is a state of mind for them.” ―Wim Wenders
Details peel from my face and trickle away into the citrus breeze.
(Sometimes, I can hear atomies skitter across the metalled sands of apathy.)
“The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” ―John Milton
A froth of dinoflagellates sparks electric blue ‘round my stubble-feet. Each step is measured, defying suction as I trace along the arrow of time.
“It all looks the same. You can’t imagine anything anymore. Above all, you can’t imagine any change. I became estranged from myself. All I could imagine was going on and on like this forever.” ―Alice in the Cities, 1974, Written by Wim Wenders and Veith von Furstenberg
(There’s a black maw gaping in the back of my brain.)
“Today was a gloomy, rainy day without a glimmer of sunlight, like the old age before me. I am oppressed by such strange thoughts, such gloomy sensations; questions still so obscure to me are crowding into my brain- and I seem to have neither power nor will to settle them.” ―Fyodor Dostoevsky, White Nights
“Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I’m one.” ―Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine
Mewling cries swarm like midges inside my weltering mind. I turn away from the virason gasping off the sea.
Flailing like a killdeer, I struggle toward the lavender dunes. A wide yellow moon grins overhead.
“Sweet is sweet, bitter is bitter, hot is hot, cold is cold, color is color; but in truth there are only atoms and the void.” ―Brian Greene, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
I can hear the wail of a train from across the lagoon, punctuating the still-water-night. The cloistered whine of mosquitoes quickly throttles the noise. And then, the sound of my quickening steps.
“A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They’re just backing away from life. Reach out. Take a chance. Get hurt even. But play as well as you can. Go team, go! Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Give me an E. L-I-V-E. LIVE! Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room.” ―Harold and Maude, 1971, Written by Colin Higgins, Directed by Hal Ashby
Steps that begin to rap like rain. And thunder through the frenzied lights of the howling causeway. Steps that are heading north.
“I’m glad we went to the Rhine. For the first time I see myself…as someone who’s gone through a certain time, and that time is my story. [Pausing] That feeling is quite comfortable.” ―Kings of the Road (Im Lauf der Zeit, “In the Course of Time”), 1974, Written/Directed by Wim Wenders
Determined to run into myself again.
“We all talked about leaving, but only one of us, one morning, without a word to a soul, actually left.” ―I Vitelloni (“The Bullocks/The Layabouts”),1953, Written/Directed by Federico Fellini
A little over a year ago, I traveled north and did something I’d never done before. Toured a series of universities.
Here’s to new beginnings.
“I have to go on makin’ a livin’…so I can die.” ―Pickup on South Street, 1953, Written/Directed by Samuel Fuller
This effort was created for Marsha Ingrao’s Always Write: Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge (#WQWWC).
This week’s theme: New Beginnings.
I invite you to accent your own post with a quotation or two that expresses your own sense of New Beginnings.
Here is further information on How to Participate in the Wednesday Writers Challenge.
Previous contributors to last week’s theme, Celebration:
- It’s Tradition by Myrna Migala
- Here Comes the Holiday Season by Tina Schell
- A very Merry Christmas by Sadje
- Beach Walk Reflections by Frank who included some music via YouTube Fantasia on For All the Saints
Thank you for drizzling by,
Song by Improved Sound Limited, from Kings of the Road
Autty, this is raw and beautiful. Despite the sorrow and troubles that have weighed you down since you were 19, your beautiful life is like the bird, about to take flight. There is so much hope in your New Beginnings. This is lovely. Is one of the blurry pictures, Sir? Thank you for being the first guest host of #WQWWC. Your post is fabulous.
I agree! A poignant and moving reflection that speaks to the story of humanity.
I agree, Clanmother, we constantly go through trials them remake ourselves as we pick ourselves up and begin again. I am so proud of Autty for her courage to start a new beginning.
How very well said, Marsha. As Joseph Campbell once wrote: “If you are falling….dive.” Happy New Year. Looking forward to diving into 2021.
Tell Joseph that works better if you are near water instead of boulders or parking lot pavement. I’m a little nervous around those things! 🙂
YIKES!!! I live by water, but it is rather cold so I will consider a virtual dive!!!!!
So let’s agree in 2021-no falling for either of us!’n
Thank you for sluicing by, dear Rebecca! Always adore your visits. Aye, an attempt to reflect one small glimmer. Happy, happy New Year to you, dear friend!
We have celebrated many New Years together! Grateful for your friendship.
Jubilant embraces to you, Marsha. Thank you so much for the inspiration and opportunity to join in, and thank you for patiently reading. My words feel like loopy, fun-house-mirror abstractions. I had hoped to present something more polished and coherent, but it seems I’m still on a quest to articulate, which I accept. Each attempt is another furtive step in the right direction. Thank you so much for helping me along the way, dear friend.
Yes! Sir always lends a nice touch of the human element to my otherwise staid and detached images. He’s in two shots here. The poor, long-suffering lone man. 😉
Meanwhile, is there still a dusting of snow outside? Hope you and Vince enjoy an exquisite New Year, Marsha. Would love to collaborate again.
I just sent you an email from my new account which I’m suing for my website endeavors. Give Sir my love and well-wishes for the New Year. I hope you have a wonderful move. It seems like so many people are moving (to cope with COVID?) I don’t know but we are loving our new homes here – Cindy’s and ours. There is still a light dusting of snow in the shadowy areas, but the bright sun melts most of it away right away. I’m working on a post with snowy pictures for your New Beginnings. Check your Spam for missed messages. 🙂
Reblogged this on Marsha Ingrao – Always Write and commented:
My long-time blogging friend is the first guest host of #WQWWC. This week’s topic, “New Beginnings” has many facets, your life, your goals, a new year full of promise. Autty shared a beautifully illustrated raw and vulnerable story of her life and her hopes for the future. Share what matters to you using quotes that reflect the meanings you choose to highlight in “New Beginnings.
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This is a fascinating post. I found you through Marsha’s reblog.
Thank you 😀 Too kind.
Thanks so much for sluicing by,
First timer here via Marsha, whom I encountered a short time ago. Your words are beautifully written and in an esoteric way, stimulating thoughts. The human experience is filled with chances for new beginnings.
Here’s a beach walk that I wrote two weeks ago that fits this theme. I invite you and your readers to stop by. I’m a friendly host. https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2020/12/12/21-dawn/
PS: The posting of the handbell piece surprised me, but it was a new beginning because it was commissioned for our choir – and this was part of premier weekend. A new beginning on an old song – and since then, I imagine played by other choirs … well, I hope.
Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections said:
Thanks for retrieving me from the Spam folder. 🙂
Ahoy Frank! Relieved I found your comment. My nasty cur of an ad-blocker, which I routinely shut off for blogging, was still humming along surreptitiously in the background and made your comment invisible even in the spam folder. Blasted thing.
Your blog is wonderful, so glad we’ve been able to connect. Very interesting about the hand-bell piece. I listened again, absolutely love it. Thanks again for contributing and for leaving behind such a marvelous comment.
Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections said:
LOL … that’s funny. Those WP Gnomes are a sneaky lot, and now they even finding more innovative ways to disrupt. Although I seem to be free (at least at the moment) of their terror, I think your post is where I discovered the issue. Interestingly, it happened on some blogs but not all. Just another way they like to create havoc. Meanwhile, I invite you to please stop by Beach Walk Reflections once again.
Thank you for the gift of words and quotes. I will carry them with me into a new year!
Hugs. I trust it shall be a scintillating one- happy 2021, dear lass 🙂
Happy Happy New Year!!!
This is a very long, interesting, and thought-provoking, counter post on the subject of using quotes, which is what we are doing in #WQWWC to motivate our writing. I left Khai a long comment, and I think you might like his writing. It’s academic, and he covers many topics.
Very interesting, Marsha, and a superb reminder to be mindful while sharing quotations. For me, as you mentioned in your comment, it’s more superficial, and almost always mined from writers and minds I’m well acquainted with (if not, I research them). Your comment was excellent. Thanks for sharing this with me. Smiling cheers,
I am guilty of not always researching them. I made some changes to my page today because I found some great quotes about quotes. I don’t know any of the people I quoted. I have some work to do! 🙂
Part of the joy of reading is being able to share little sparks from a writer’s wonderful mind.
Sounds groovy. Happy researching 😀 All the best- aj
It makes our writing more powerful. It shows someone agrees with us! 🙂
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havent been here in a long while,
seems i’m missing out on things
noticed a quote by wim wenders
A quote by Wim Wenders- yezz. Always Bert, always 😉
Beautiful photos and amazing poetry. I did enjoy.
Thank you very much for drizzling by and leaving behind such kind words. Regards- smiling toad