a prayer

Marga Duggan - Highgate Woods (2011)

Marga Duggan – Highgate Woods (2011)

Refuse to fall down
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down,
lift your heart toward heaven,
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you from lifting your heart
toward heaven
only you.
It is in the middle of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good
came of this,
is not yet listening.

― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die**

**Debbie Pryor, thank you for this.

melody nelson (full film)

… And, while we’re on the lugubrious, seamy baritone tip, it would be remiss not to make a turn past l’original, Monsieur Serge Gainsbourg:

Watch Melody Nelson, a short film directed Jean-Christophe Avery, starring Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, based on Gainsbourg’s seminal (ahem, heheh) 1971 album. More information HERE.

tindersticks – my oblivion

The edges of our love are in the stars
And on the balcony
She waits for me
Out on the boundary
She smiles

Make this alive
Good days are back
Open your eyes when it falls
Come back to the air

I can’t tell you what you already know
I can’t make you feel what you already feel
I can’t show you what’s in front of you
I can’t heal those scars