the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

shedding beauty

she feels like the imaginary self.

she reminds me of you, dearest d, and your
collection of jackets.

side tangent:

when thinking of losing beauty and getting older, something else, something more exciting, emerges:

“[it] is something impressive, it sums up his life:  maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves.

A man’s age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories.”

~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944

(photos: tea and cactus)


the source of

“Dreams, memories, the sacred–they are all alike in that they are beyond our grasp. Once we are even marginally separated from what we can touch, the object is sanctified; it acquires the beauty of the unattainable, the quality of the miraculous. Everything, really, has this quality of sacredness, but we can desecrate it at a touch. How strange man is! His touch defiles and yet he contains the source of miracles.”

~Yukio Mishima, Spring Snow