Thursday, 8 January 2009

Round like a circle in a spiral like a wheel within a wheel

This is a cheating post because I am using other people's words. Words are giving me a buzz at the moment. Isn't it amazing when someone can use words to render the every day into something strange and beautiful?

Here are some of the random lines and rhymes that I have read or heard that are circling in my head.

First some song lines:

My global position systems are vocally addressed
The say the Nile used to run from east to west

- The Killers, Spaceman.

(Dude. And I thought my sense of direction was bad. Blame the aliens, apparently).

You came on your own, that's how you'll leave
with hope in your hands and air to breathe
I won't disappoint you as you fall apart,
some things should be simple, even an end has a start

-Editors, An end has a start

You thought you might be a ghost
you didn't get to heaven but you made it close

Coldplay - 42


Next, I have just finished reading
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.

This book is just incredible. It moved me beyond tears. I cannot explain it. It is poetic and stark and lyrical. And the ending is the most complete that I have read in a long time. It just felt right. My words are not adequate so just read it.

Here are some of the lines that really struck me:

...the bleak and shrouded earth went trundling past the sun and returned again as trackless and as unremarked as the path of any nameless sisterworld in the ancient dark beyond.

Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.

On this road there are no godspoke men. They are gone and I am left and they have taken with them the world. Query: How does the never to be differ from what never was?


And after that challenging question I shall leave you with the words of my hero, Cartman:

Screw you guys, I'm going home.


Tamara said...

Now I'm going to be singing, "Those who are dead are not dead, they're just living in my head..." all day. Bugger.

So screw you too and I wish we could both go home ;-)

LadyFi said...

Love the random lines. And I really really must beg, steal or borrow - or even BUY - me a copy of The Road! I read No country for old men recently and that was great - dramatic, biting, concise, sad.

6000 said...

And some words from my hero, Morten Harket:

"To all of us,
Who are traveling by trapdoors.
Our souls are a myriad of wars,
And I'm losing every one."

Sorry - was just listening to that as I read this and it is one of my favourite lyrics.

Happy happy joy joy!

Dash said...

do you have a love / hate thing going with the killers?'

here's something i ponder daily - "it started with a kiss, how did it end up like this?"

po said...

Tamara: I am home now woohoo

ladyfi: I definitely recommend it

6000: I like those words very much

dash: that is a good description of my feelings for the killers :) actually I love their music but I think their lyrics are a bit daft sometimes. Would love to see them live though