Ghosts of New Year’s Past #2

What is time? If nobody asks me, I know; but if I were desirous to explain it to one that should ask me, plainly I know not.

— Augustine of Hippo

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The first thing necessary for a constructive dealing with time is to learn to live in the reality of the present moment. For psychologically speaking, this present moment is all we have.

— Rollo May, in Man’s Search for Himself (1953)

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All sober under liquid lights

 

You grind harsh memories

 

Behind a mirthless smile

 

Dawn will be born

 

Among splinters

 

Of shattered hopes

 


 

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You stroke

My shaking limbs

 

In the shadows

 

The day is over

 

So scary behind the noise

 

 

 

 

I dance with dank flames

Of stoplights and neon signs


 

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So stick

To your tough

 

Emotional diet

 

Of dry tears

And stale grudges

 


 

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While feasting on hard feelings

 

You sense a rabid rage within

 

A modicum of effort:

 

 


 

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Can you hear it?

 

The stink will die

 

So sexy beneath the slime

You dream of peaceful chimes

About the air

 


 

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The very day

Will come again

Tired

Cold

And luminous

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This is Herbie Hancock live in 1975:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hmVHhH96es&feature=related

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Just for the sheer retro weirdness of it, here’s
Stella – Pourquoi pas moi? (1963)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqItgyEGxtY

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Peter Bies © 2010

 

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