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Friday, February 8, 2013

The Dragon's Echo

2005
On the last day of the Year of the Dragon, the impression is that the Dragon will still be around for a while.
He will be present in the form of memories which characterized the year that is coming to an end. He will not be visible, but perceivable. The Snake will divert our focus, but the thundering echo of the Dragon's voice will still be heard by many of us. By me, forever.

The following are sentences and quotations I heard around me during this Year of the Dragon. Those who pronounced them will be kept anonymous. They are not famous people, not writers, not actors, not poets. They are people who are affected by the joys and sorrows of daily life, by unexpected events, by moments of discomfort and of sudden happiness.



It's raining in my heart.
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  I wish we could all die the same day, the same second, next to each other.
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I have blamed God many times, I can say it has become my form of religion.
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Only the unintelligent and the non progressive will never change.
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The Yogi is always happy, he will accept everything and see beauty everywhere.
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I am needed home and home is needed in me.
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Feeling lonely means you're needing something human.
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Be a ductile rock, a flexible oak. It is very human, and sexy, and good.

He waited to see you one last time before he was gone. 
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It's a memory that fills my eyes with tears, which I only find in the heaven of Remembrance, and that explodes within me during certain unpredicted moments of my life. 
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The bitter and sadder sides of life enhance and magnify the beautiful ones.
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We understood everything, and forever.
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 I want to have a dream, too.
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I love you.


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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Lonely Hearts

2013
My heart is 
the most tormented country of all.  

Giuseppe Ungaretti - August 27, 1916



I once read that we can die from heartache.

The Buddhists believe that life is suffering.
Isn't it loneliness too?
We share profound fragments of our existence with persons who are very close to us. Yet, the moment arrives when we can no longer postpone coming to terms with the zany whirls and twirls of Fate. As it happens, we realize that we are alone in the task; we must be alone. We must be lonely.

Morpheus tells Neo in The Matrix, "I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it."
Pink Floyd sing, "We are two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl";
Dean Moriarty, in Jack Kerouac's On the Road,  "ragged in a moth-eaten overcoat he brought specially for the freezing temperatures of the East, walked off alone, and the last I saw of him he rounded the corner of Seventh Avenue, eyes on the street ahead, and bent to it again".

Regardless of who is standing by our side, the Truth must be faced through no intermediaries. We can be sustained by the thought of those who love us, who have accompanied us along the way, of those who have held our hand tight.
Sometimes, instead, we cannot.

When we cannot, we are lonely hearts.
When we can, we are lonely hearts.

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