shannon (listening) wrote,
shannon
listening

read on the trolley back from Mexico:

"Love means nothing to me if it's not fortified with fierce, painful longing, brief explosive instances of furious passion and intimacy and then a sad parting for a time. I think some couples spend too much time together. They flatten out the potential for experience by constant closeness. Passion builds over time like steam. Let it rage until it's exhausted and then leave it alone to let it build up again. Why can't love be insane and distorted? How can it be vital if it has the same threshold as day-to-day experience?

Why can't you write burning letters and let your nocturnal self smolder with desire for one who is not there? Why not let the days before you see her be excruciating and ferment in your mind so on the day you go to the airport to pick her up, you're nearly sick with anticipation? And then when desire shows the first sign of contentment, throw it back in its cage and let it slowly build itself back into a state of starved fury. Then when you are together, it all matters. So that when you look into her eyes, you lose your balance, so that when she touches you, it feels like you have never been touched before. When she says your name, you think it was she who named you. When she has gone, you bury your face in the pillow to smell her hair and you lie awake at night remembering your face in her neck, her breathing and the amazing smell of her skin. Your eyes go wet because you want her so bad and miss her so much. Now that is worth the miles and the time. That matches the inferno of life. Otherwise you posion each other with your presence day after day as you drag each other through the inevitable mundane aspects of your lives. That is the slow death that I see slapped on faces everywhere I go. It's part of the world's sadness that's more empty than cold, poorly lit rooms in cities of the American night."


-- Henry Rollins, from "Smile, You're Travelling."
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wow. powerful words.
Love is something you can't deny or claim to feel, but its really something that can not be explained with any words, really its a waste of time cause it has absolutely nothing to offer in the end exept heartbreak and longing, yet it makes some people happy, and some people actually live their entire lives looking for true love, the only true love i have found is those of a couple of my selected friends, yet they betray me and they don't seize to amaze me in bad and good ways frequently...one like me to whom success is everything, and to whom failure is the end of the world, well...love really doesn't seem so important, so yes, very powerfull words, but we must respect the ideal point of the dreamer and the way they are actually happy even for some "long" periods of time, shouldent we respect happy people?
but what happens when that sad parting for a time turns into forver?
it's better to burn out than fade away.
(my my, hey hey).
my exact words when i was done reading it "gawd that was so good"
it truly is amazing, i felt like, for the first time, my soul was read.
i feel that way with a lot of the stuff he writes.
but this passage really affected me; it's about a lot more than romantic love. it made me realize why i don't want to write in here as much anymore, if at all.
care to explain yourself...

i'm curious about what that passage makes you want to stop posting.
creative endeavors are a lot like relationships, and they can get weighed down by the mundane and the everyday and the repetitive, too. it's good to save up energy.
i take it that was you posting under dan's user name...

i get what you mean though.
well peace,love,empathy
"..skip a life completely, stuff it in a cup, she said money is like us in time, it lies but can't stand up, down for you is up"
just to let you know, i truly care about you as a friend.
*smile* i appreciate that.
that was perfect.

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yeah. it isn't. and it isn't a substitute for two-directional communication. that's the main thing, really.
and cool point gain noted.
hey. I like that.
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