April 18, 2015

vignettes.


prologue. i'm physically and mentally weary today, and i don't know how to write. i want to write about ivar a little bit, and maybe boxing, and maybe boys or pink floyd or my scar, but i do not know how to weave these things together with continuity... do you know how many posts i have written and never posted? neither do i. there have been so many; there have been so many times when i have sat down to write and i have written and the words have poured out like blood and water but i could not let the world read them. oh dear, i am so tired. i am here in front of a screen and a blank page, weary and dry, and a waterfall of memories continues to wash over my head. it's steady; it flows heavy with pain and passion and joy and fear.  there are going to be many, many grammatical errors in this post but i am too tired to correct them.

WORDS WE HAD SAID GREW IN MY HEAD / COVERED MY THOUGHTS, SANG ME TO BED. 
LOST MEMORIES GREW INTO TREES / COVERED THE DOOR, SWALLOWED THE KEYS // oren lavie

I. THE SCAR.
i've had my scar for most of my life. i don't think about it very much; sometimes i forget about it. it's three inches long and it's near my hip bone; a little to the left. it is pale and white against my already pale and white skin. it is almost the same as the one natasha romanoff has, but hers was formed by a bullet and mine was formed with a surgeon's blade. i was a few months old and i nearly lost my life and if i had not acquired that scar i would be very much dead today. that's a metaphor, i guess. you can figure it out. maybe apply it to your life or something, i don't know. 
but i have a little white scar near my hip bone and it reminds me that i am alive, and that i am alive for a reason. 

scars heal.

II. THE STARS.
it was the first night of youth bible camp and i was fourteen. it was late and dark with a rich and rough blackness to the sky, and everyone was high on hope and angst. it is a very exciting thing to be placed in the woods with a lake and Jesus and 63 other teenagers. everyone was wandering around and laughing, crowded sparsely around the light sources like moths. one of the girls in my cabin grabbed me and asked me if i wanted to go explore, and i said yes because that sounded like the best and worst idea i had ever heard. the exploration team consisted of myself and the girl and two other girls from my cabin and a boy, and they took the flashlights on their phones and we laughed and screamed and ran around the camp and then down to the big playing field by the lake. the grass was wet and there was barely anything visible in the vague blackness... except the stars. unobstructed by lights and anger, the stars burned innumerably in the fathomless black sea. countless, immeasurable. the milky way streamed across the sky in a soft river and there was a muted cloud of laughter, audible from up near the buildings... we lay down on the cold grass and watched the stars and poured out our hearts and felt safe. those will always be my favourite stars.

III. THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.
i can distinctly remember the first time i listened to pink floyd. it was summer and it was dry and hot and hazy. we were driving over dusty grey highways that were cut through the forests and blown through the hard rock of northern ontario; i was thirteen and i was with my brother in his small red car and we were driving to the cottage, and it was july. i'm starting to sound like hemingway; oh my word...
i remember thinking about the white lines in my jeans. my brother and i weren't talking very much. this wasn't because we are bad at talking to each other, i think it was because it was warm and there were things to think about. neither of us felt the need to talk and we were both okay with that. anyway, he did talk after a while. 

"want to hear something crazy?"
"okay."
"this is the best album of all time."
"okay."

the dark side of the moon begins with a heartbeat. at first you might think that the album isn't playing, but then you begin to hear a rhythmic pounding. it grows consecutively louder with each fall. it beats and keeps beating because the dark side of the moon album is about being alive and time and death. and then you hear the ticking of clocks, the tolling of bells, manic screaming and maniacal laughter... and it is terrifying and beautiful and terrifying.
i didn't like it when i heard it the first time.
a few months later was nanowrimo 2013, and i was writing my first novel. my brother gave me the dark side of the moon and i downloaded to my itunes and gave it back to him. i listened to it over and over while i wrote that story, and the heartbeat and the ticking of the clocks sank first into my mind and then into my words. time and death were woven into that book. it was not a very well written book but it was very important to me.

epilogue.
it's 4:19 pm and i'm a little more awake. i'm thinking about these things... it's funny how sometimes you do not know what is shaping your life until it is a memory. and now i've spent most of the afternoon emptying my mind of these memories. i am simultaneously slightly more awake but extremely drained of mental muchness. my mind is pretty much a skeleton. i am a skeleton, clothed in flesh. a shell. i'm a shell and a small, sad lady. i'm going to a ballet tonight.

10 comments:

  1. The imagery in this killed me. It was so wonderful. :)

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  2. <3 Thanks for sharing these lovely words.

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  3. totally blew me away.... wonderful =)

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  4. Your blog and header and everything are so beautiful. And I love the lists. :)

    xx

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  5. Oh, and isn't Merlin wonderful?! :)

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  6. *silently hugs you because of words*

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  7. I highlighted one of your posts in my monthly blog series! <3

    ~Jamie

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    1. that's so lovely, thank you! i feel honoured.

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  8. I love your words
    they make me feel

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