when I’m sleeping

‘And long ago she said – ‘I must be leaving,
Ah but keep my body here to lie upon
You can move it up and down and when I’m sleeping
Run some wire through that Rose and wind the Swan.’
So daily I renew my idle duty
I touch her here and there – I know my place
I kiss her open mouth and praise her beauty
and people call me traitor to my face.’

- Leonard Cohen

Martha Wainwright sings The Traitor: http://youtu.be/WMgYxYYqbHc

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ascending

Doubt fingers a slow nocturne on my spine

As I am acclimatised to this higher plane

Falling folded in the shadows I wander

Down the collapsing stair

To the half-remembered spaces of my dreams

Ascending, I descend

Falling upward, letting go slowly

filled by one thousand drifting stars

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open your eyes

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Did you know you could magic creatures into your world with paper and pigment? They move from your heart, to your hand, and into the world. As simple as that. Do you think you could magic your real self into the world? Your hidden self? Just by shutting your eyes, willing it to be. Open eyes. There you are.

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awkward small talk

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This made me laugh: ‘Small talk is fairly fast. Someone says something like, “John really did a great job on the party this year. Have you been to this event in the past?” This should be followed up with a quick response (such as “Yes I have” or “No, it’s my first time.”) But introverts like to chew on their words before saying them aloud. They’ll think about that question a bit, and other things will pop into their mind, like “I wonder how they know John,” or even “Why would they care if I’ve been to other parties?” Before they answer, they’ll mull over different thoughts. This silence, although very short, can unnerve people if you’re not used to it.’ 

That tiny pause between the question and the answer. Little silences can get filled with so much self-doubt and confusion on both sides. I suppose the assumption is that silence suggests that something has gone wrong, or that one of the speakers is avoiding speaking the truth. Like ‘I don’t really want to talk to you at all,’ which is actually quite unlikely. My music teacher used to say that the space between the notes are just as important as the notes themselves. The silence is an integral part of the music. More often we are rushing to fill the emptiness. It’s amazing how many secrets are spoken just to fill an awkward silence.   

quote from: http://friendship.about.com/od/Introverts/a/Why-Introverts-Dislike-Small-Talk.htm

 

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introversion

ibiza eye

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three wilde quotes

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

photo by James Stratford

 

Luckily, for Oscar, his tomb is now fenced off, so he cannot be kissed by girls for literary reasons.

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gothic fiction

baby raised by wolves

 

From Fake Science

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poem

Three curls of smoke unravel

Everything that is special

I am vaporized on three occasions

Each out breath you make

Burns my throat, my chest

My heart turns ash

Cold black

Warms

Then slowly smoulders again

 

 

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silence

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‘If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.’

- George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans)

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four ophelias

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John Everett Millais - Ophelia

kylie where the wild roses grow

ophelia crewdson

 

 

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