Monday, May 29, 2006

Riding the Updraft

I'm looking out the window as the blade
of a hawk's wing slices the blue,

wondering if I will learn
the secret of gliding on updrafts

before I dissolve into streams of cells,
dispersing pink haze as they rise.


Blogger Chris Never said...

I love the

'blade of a hawks wing'

lovely lovely stuff Moon

soft and sad and so very well written

5:35 PM  
Blogger burning moon said...

I was watching Grey's Anatomy last night and this guy was talking about how soldiers call it pink haze when someone is blown to bits so totally that there's nothing left but a pink haze.
I thought: I have to use that somewhere!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Chris Never said...

What a strong image, messy lol, but very strong. Dont blame you for having to use it *grin*

Grey's Anatomy, christ, that girl is so skinny, she runs around in the shower to get wet, surely she has got to be anorexic.

6:08 PM  
Blogger burning moon said...

which one?

6:11 PM  
Blogger Chris Never said...

the main girl,cant remember her name, the sickly lookin one who is in love with the married guy, grey, thats her.

6:13 PM  
Blogger burning moon said...

The one who really gets me is Terry Hatcher off Desperate Housewives. She seems not quite so bad at the moment, but for a while there she was terrifyingly thin.

Not that I'm advocating fat as a mode (god forbid! LOL), but isn't the whole 'thin' thing insane?

Even men are becoming obsessed with their fat now.
Shouldn't there be more important things for us to concern ourselves with?

Is it really all just reduced to what we look like and what our friends relatives and workmates think about what we look like?
Is this the meaning of our life?

6:16 PM  
Blogger Chris Never said...

Weight is not, and never has been, the meaning of life. And the media as a whole has a huge amount to answer for when it comes to body image, both for men and women.

But the problem is double edged now more than ever, we have a whole population of teenagers aspiring to a body shape akin
to africans starving to death, and at the same time, over half the population are overweight or obese.

It makes for a very unhappy society

6:37 PM  
Blogger burning moon said...

It sure does. I can't help thinking that a fixation on food and weight is responsible for both the under and the over weight issues.
It simply places undue emphasis on food and its place in life.
It also causes people to have unpleasant feelings of guilt anger etc associated with food, and I think how you feel when you eat has a connection with how your body processes what you're eating. (another of my weird, purely personal, theories).

Incidently, the Anthony Burgess poem, which I notice you've avoided, Anthony Burgess is the author of Clockwork Orange. You should try to get the book to read. I think you'd love what he does with language. He sort of invents his own and you start out thinking, huh? But by the end of the book you can pretty much understand it. It's very cool.

The 'eebroos' word at the beginning is what my little son Luke used to say for eyebrows. I thought it was very cute, so thought I would use it there. Hortsnoggle is a completely made up nonsense word and glassies is from Clockwork Orange. Oxford and Webster are dictionaries of course and hegemony is 'the dominant point of view.' Locutus is from Star Trek of course.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Chris Never said...

I wasnt avoiding it lol

I was,waiting for the right moment to comment *grins*

I did read a clockwork orange about twenty years ago, once you got passed the language thing, it was a facinating comment on society and its ills at the time.

It has dated, but not badly I think, still has relevance today in my opinion.

Re the whole weight discuss,

I agree with you about the way we process food as concerning our own feelings about food itself.

Until we are allowed to feel comfortable with our bodies in the eyes of others and in the eyes of the fashion industry and the media itself,
our children are always going to feel less than perfect, which is exactly what they want them to feel.

The obesisty issue really derives from a whole series of issues, our lifestyle as it is now being a huge part of it.

Western society needs to address its lifestyle choices, and of course, that wont happen till its far too late.

It will come down to promoting an active healthy lifestyle in our schools, make it relevant and appealing to our children again.

Lots of time and money needs to be thrown at the problem, but not in making airplane seats wider, and ambulances bigger, to accomodate the obese, thats just dealing with the ramifications, we need to chance the way people are living, and that will be hard indeed.

7:04 PM  
Blogger burning moon said...

yes indeed, although I do think they could make airplane seats just a tinsy bit bigger. They're a very cosy fit for those of us with hips.

7:13 PM  

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