clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Meet again

Melody Gardot sings "So We Meet Again My Heartache."

It reminds me of the poem "Neutral Tones" of Thomas Hardy.

It reminds me of that mix of emotions I feel when leaving someplace I've enjoyed. I feel this when leaving fish camp. I've felt it other times, too. It is a special kind of finality.

I should like to get this emotion on a page. I have a mechanism for it and believe it can be done. It's been something I've worked on for thirty years now.

From Hardy :

The smile on your mouth was the deadest thing
Alive enough to have the strength to die;
And a grin of bitterness swept thereby
Like an ominous bird a-wing.

Since then, keen lessons that love deceives,
And wrings with wrong, have shaped to me
Your face, and the God-curst sun, and a tree,
And a pond edged with grayish leaves.

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