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January 10th, 2006

(no subject) @ 09:37 am

inklingfair:
I'm currently hearin: With or Without You

I've posted quite a lot of U2 stuff that amuse me, that give me bellyaches laughing, but this time I just wanted to share something else.

This was my first U2 post ever, when my love was new and raw, when their music spoke to me as I was walking through the streets of my hometown and the images and words came, fragmented, unbidden, furiously limping:


August 22, 2005 7:30 pm

Tell me why the floorboards shook in the afternoon thunder, why the sun scorched, then hid behind electric clouds, then glowed pink and sweet in the dusk. Why my sister's voice was no longer young and high when we met and spoke of nothing and everything. Why the cold after-storm air smelled like summer for an instant there, as I crossed streets slick with black mud. Why people strut around in fake white Nikes. Why kids from the street across play hopscotch with calloused bare feet and smiles as tattered as their clothes. Why I winced watching the toothless smile of the lady who passed my fare to the bus driver. Tell me why I dream about Bono lying on his back on a heart-shaped stage with a girl in his arms singing, "my hands are tied, my body bruised..." Tell me why I wish someone – fairy godmother? rock star? Messiah? – would whisk me away, far away from these, these faults. They assault my senses; they pinch, wail, stink, glare.

Tell me why I dare not leave. Tell me why I revel in these things, in flimsy houses and growing old, in filth and dreams and unasked-for smiles.



[x-posted in my blog but slightly edited]
 
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From:rational_twists
Date:January 10th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
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This is beautiful. :)

I take it you're a writer like me. I just want to thank you because this inspires me a bit. I've been going through a dry spell lately. I love the imagery you used here, though. Very well-written!
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 11th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :) The one thing I love about their music is that it kinda makes what i feel *bubble* up into words, like shaken sodapop.
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From:canadanne
Date:January 10th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)

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That was written four years to the day after my first U2 show. :)  That date always leaps out at me when I see it. </random fact>
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From:stateless
Date:January 11th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
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earl's court, baby. i think we've established this in the past, but i was there the previous night only. before catching my flight back to dublin that day, i walked through the queue and sold my ticket. it's the only time i've been able to walk away like that, that i couldn't actually handle seeing them again.

.. but you got DISCOTHEQUE, right? lucky. ;-)
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From:canadanne
Date:January 11th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
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Nope... just Staring At The Sun...
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From:stateless
Date:January 11th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
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oh! maybe it was the 19th, then.
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From:whatsername_31
Date:January 10th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That is incredible.

You are a very talented writer indeed.
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 11th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, all :-) The band has often been an inspiration to my writing.

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