Never Morning Wore to Evening but Some Heart Did Break

Walter Lingley, 1894

Never Morning Wore to Evening but Some Heart Did Break

Walter Lingley, 1894

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Fiona Apple’s letter about her dog

It’s 6pm on Friday,and I’m writing to a few thousand friends I have not met yet.
I am writing to ask them to change our plans and meet a little while later.
Here’s the thing.
I have a dog Janet, and she’s been ill for almost two years now, as a tumor has been idling in her chest, growing ever so slowly. She’s almost 14 years old now.I got her when she was 4 months old. I was 21 then ,an adult officially - and she was my child.
She is a pitbull, and was found in Echo Park, with a rope around her neck, and bites all over her ears and face.
She was the one the dogfighters use to puff up the confidence of the contenders.
She’s almost 14 and I’ve never seen her start a fight ,or bite, or even growl, so I can understand why they chose her for that awful role. She’s a pacifist.
Janet has been the most consistent relationship of my adult life, and that is just a fact.
We’ve lived in numerous houses, and jumped a few make shift families, but it’s always really been the two of us.
She slept in bed with me, her head on the pillow, and she accepted my hysterical, tearful face into her chest, with her paws around me, every time I was heartbroken, or spirit-broken, or just lost, and as years went by, she let me take the role of her child, as I fell asleep, with her chin resting above my head.
She was under the piano when I wrote songs, barked any time I tried to record anything, and she was in the studio with me all the time we recorded the last album.
The last time I came back from tour, she was spry as ever, and she’s used to me being gone for a few weeks every 6 or 7 years.
She has Addison’s Disease, which makes it dangerous for her to travel since she needs regular injections of Cortisol, because she reacts to stress and to excitement without the physiological tools which keep most of us from literally panicking to death.
Despite all of this, she’s effortlessly joyful and playful, and only stopped acting like a puppy about 3 years ago.
She’s my best friend and my mother and my daughter, my benefactor, and she’s the one who taught me what love is.
I can’t come to South America. Not now.
When I got back from the last leg of the US tour, there was a big, big difference.
She doesn’t even want to go for walks anymore.
I know that she’s not sad about aging or dying. Animals have a survival instinct, but a sense of mortality and vanity, they do not. That’s why they are so much more present than people.
But I know that she is coming close to point where she will stop being a dog, and instead, be part of everything. She’ll be in the wind, and in the soil, and the snow, and in me, wherever I go.
I just can’t leave her now, please understand. If I go away again, I’m afraid she’ll die and I won’t have the honor of singing her to sleep, of escorting her out. Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to pick which socks to wear to bed. But this decision is instant. These are the choices we make, which define us.
I will not be the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship.
I am the woman who stays home and bakes Tilapia for my dearest, oldest friend.
And helps her be comfortable, and comforted, and safe, and important.
Many of us these days, we dread the death of a loved one. It is the ugly truth of Life, that keeps us feeling terrified and alone.
I wish we could also appreciate the time that lies right beside the end of time.
I know that I will feel the most overwhelming knowledge of her, and of her life and of my love for her, in the last moments.
I need to do my damnedest to be there for that.
Because it will be the most beautiful, the most intense, the most enriching experience of life I’ve ever known. When she dies.
So I am staying home, and I am listening to her snore and wheeze, and reveling in the swampiest, most awful breath that ever emanated from an angel.
And I am asking for your blessing.

I’ll be seeing you.

Love, Fiona

"No podemos determinar el momento concreto en que nace la amistad. Como al llenar un recipiente gota a gota, hay una gota final que lo hace desbordarse, del mismo modo, en una serie de gentilezas hay una final que acelera los latidos del corazón."

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury.

"¡Cuántos libros, Dios mío, y qué poco tiempo y a veces qué pocas ganas de leerlos! Mi propia biblioteca, donde antes cada libro que ingresaba era previamente leído y digerido, se va plagando de libros parásitos, que llegan allí muchas veces no se sabe cómo y que por un fenómeno de imantación y de aglutinación contribuyen a cimentar la montaña de lo ilegible y, entre estos libros, perdidos, los que yo he escrito. No digo en cien años, en diez, en veinte, ¿qué quedará de todo esto? Quizás sólo los autores que vienen de muy atrás, la docena de clásicos que atraviesan los siglos, a menudo sin ser muy leídos, pero airosos y robustos, por una especie de impulso elemental o de derecho adquirido. Los libros de Camus, de Gide, que hace apenas dos decenios se leían con tanta pasión, ¿qué interés tienen ahora, a pesar de que fueron escritos con tanto amor y tanta pena? ¿Por qué dentro de cien años se seguirá leyendo a Quevedo y no a Jean-Paul Sartre? ¿Por qué a François Villon y no a Carlos Fuentes? ¿Qué cosa hay que poner en una obra para durar? Diríase que la gloria literaria es una lotería y la perduración artística un enigma. Y a pesar de ello se sigue escribiendo, publicando, leyendo, glosando. Entrar a una librería es pavoroso y paralizante para cualquier escritor, es como la antesala del olvido: en sus nichos de madera, ya los libros se aprestan a dormir su sueño definitivo, muchas veces antes de haber vivido. ¿Qué emperador chino fue el que destruyó el alfabeto y todas las huellas de la escritura? ¿No fue Eróstrato el que incendió la biblioteca de Alejandría? Quizás lo que pueda devolvernos el gusto por la lectura sería la destrucción de todo lo escrito y el hecho de partir inocente, alegremente de cero. Prosas apátridas"

Julio Ramón Ribeyro

Ran Ortner, Deep Water No. 1, Oil on Canvas, 72”x288”

Ran Ortner, Deep Water No. 1, Oil on Canvas, 72”x288”

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i’m punk on the inside because being punk on the outside is too expensive

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warpola:

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"Para mí todos los momentos son violentos, todos están separados. Y caigo derribada por el choque del momento, en su salto, en que os cebareís en mí. No hay una finalidad prevista. No sé cómo pasar de un minuto a otro, de una hora a otra, resolviendo minutos y horas, gracias a cierta fuerza natural, hasta que constituyan esa masa indivisible y unitaria a la que vosotros denominaís vida."

Las olas, Virginia Woof.

"Finjamos de nuevo que la vida es una sustancia sólida, en forma de globo, a la que damos vueltas en nuestros dedos. Finjamos que podemos elaborar una historia sencilla y lógica, de tal manera que, después de despachar un asunto -el amor, por ejemplo- podemos proseguir, ordenadamente y despachar el siguiente."

Las olas, Virginia Woolf