5.13.2009


west with the night


I have learned that if you must leave
a place that you have lived in and loved
and where all your yesterdays
are buried deep...



leave it any way except a slow way
leave it the fastest way you can

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never turn back.
and never believe that an hour
you remember is a better hour
because its dead.



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passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones,
while the future lives in a cloud,
formidable from a distance.



the clouds clear as you enter it


excerpt by

beryl markham
"west with the night"


if only i could be so brave.
but I can't leave new york just yet.


good bye to all that

manhatta

32 comments:

Yoli said...

I have yearned all of my life to live in NYC. I visit every year around my birthday (fellow Sag)and sadly, I think it will remain but a dream. Life some times gets in the way of dreams. At least, for a glorius weekend I always have Manhattan. Lovely blog.

LettertoJane said...

This is amazing, your posts just get better and better, thank you.

hiki said...

oh I love this scean from "Bande à Part" where these guys run through the Louvre. It's the best :)

Carrie said...

yes

Nazara said...

Thank you Cerre, you´re always an inspiration for me too.

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Kylie said...

That was so... beautiful, fab, wonderful, gorgeous... Thank you. K

Anonymous said...

lovely.....images and words...
but remember new york isn't going anywhere...;))
nancy

janis said...

Love this post. I think this is something I needed to hear...

sammy and glenn: pachadesign said...

simply beautiful

nichole said...

Gorgeous! Best mood enhancer ever.

Sue said...

I love the photo of the girl sitting precariously on the edge - that could have been me 20 years ago...(I actually had to double take)

Emily said...

Thank you for this.
Just, wow.

wide open spaces said...

I just love that picture of the people running through the museum. Like they need an art fix fast or they might die.

cerre said...

I'm glad! The running image is from the film "band of outsiders" by Godard. An exceptional scene.

ashima said...

beautiful way to describe it

tammyps said...

My jaw dropped when I read the text--and then I saw it was beryl markham. Of course...Doesn't she just seem timeless and epic? I just wish she'd left more behind.

Excellent choice of photos, but which came first: text or images?

P. said...

Brilliant post - the perfect pairing of words and images. I'm such an admirer of your blog.

Clementine said...

I just linked over here from What Possessed Me--so glad I did. This is just lovely, thank you.

Ernest said...

Inspired film.

Inspiring post.

Anonymous said...

New York....i've been living there for a few monthes, a long time ago, twenty years ago, i was 20.... i still miss new york, wish i could live in that magic city again , once, but i also know it won't happen...oh no, it's not sad...it's my lovely dream ...forgive my english...bonjour de Bordeaux, France andthank you for all this!Lili

daphne said...

you pushed one big button in me...made my hands sweat! thank you :)

i left sudden, and return once every year (next month) just to load up and make me feel part of it again. i never thought i could fall in love with a city :)

blossom said...

wonderful post....lovely choice of words, and gorgeous images xx

kara - all things ordinary said...

love this, such a case for strength.

A Day That is Dessert said...

inspiring post!

Tina Tarnoff said...

This made me cry, but I'm not sure is it because it made me sad or happy. I'm always afraid of the future. Courage is your message? Love it. Needed it.

*ceci* said...

So true!
thank you!

Anonymous said...

New York's loss is California's gain. Can't wait to see what you find on the West Coast! xxooLynnda

Lindsay said...

Reading this blog is the only time I really miss smoking. It's funny, I've been wanting to post the dance scene from Band of Outsiders. Thanks for this little silent movie.

aileen said...

this is wonderful... :)

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Eleanor said...

this is beautiful

jezebel said...

I just had to fish West with the Night from my bookshelf. What you do is so very special.