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Month: November, 2014

All in the family

"That's my family, Kay. It's not me."

“That’s my family, Kay. It’s not me.”

When you come from a family where you’re apparently supposed to be in debt until the day you die with those who brought you to this world, such a strong bond is created that you either end up indeed yielding and giving your own life for them, or you just end up killing them to set yourself free from that bond.

Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in a still from Coppola‘s The Godfather (1972)


Remind me who I am

Planet of the Apes (1968)Summer is late, my heart.
Words plucked out of the air
some forty years ago
when I was wild with love
and torn almost in two
scatter like leaves this night
of whistling wind and rain.
It is my heart that’s late,
it is my song that’s flown.
Outdoors all afternoon
under a gunmetal sky
staking my garden down,
I kneeled to the crickets trilling
underfoot as if about
to burst from their crusty shells;
and like a child again
marveled to hear so clear
and brave a music pour
from such a small machine.
What makes the engine go?
Desire, desire, desire.
The longing for the dance
stirs in the buried life.
One season only,
and it’s done.
So let the battered old willow
thrash against the windowpanes
and the house timbers creak.
Darling, do you remember
the man you married? Touch me,
remind me who I am.

Touch me, by Stanley Kunitz (1995)

Picture: shot from Franklin J. Schaffner‘s Planet of the apes (1968)