the ugly earring

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

live it

When we saw the wounds of our country
appear on our skins,
we believed each word of the healers.
Besides, we remembered so many cures,
it seemed at any moment
all troubles would end, each wound heal completely.
That didn’t happen: our ailments
were so many, so deep within us
that all diagnoses proved false, each remedy useless.
Now do whatever, follow each clue,
accuse whomever, as much as you will,
our bodies are still the same,
our wounds still open.
Now tell us what we should do,
you tell us how to heal these wounds.

(excerpt of you tell us what to do by Faiz Ahmed Faiz)

(photo from the virgin spring by ingmar bergman)

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life itself

Love her? You’re devoid of all feeling. You lack common decency. You know how to express yourself. You always have just the right words. There’s just one thing you haven’t the slightest clue about: life itself. You’re a craven coward, but a genius at evasions and excuses.”

(~Through A Glass Darkly— Ingmar Bergman)

sitting room

‘All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.’

~Pascal