“The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

Vincent Van Gogh

When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead, keep your head up high and gaze at the stars because that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal, and remember, we gather strength from sadness and from pain. Each time we die, we learn to live again.

realize now that when your heart breaks, you got to fight like hell to make sure you’re still alive. because you are. and that pain you feel? that’s life. the confusion and fear? that’s there to remind you that somewhere out there is something better, and that something is worth fighting for. all of us have had this experience. at some point, we have each said through our tears, “i’m suffering for a love that’s not worth it.” we suffer because we feel we are giving more than we receive. we suffer because our love is going unrecognized. we suffer because we are unable to impose our own rules.

because sometimes there is no easy way out. you just have to grin and bear it. sometimes the only escape route is to go straight through the flames, just brace yourself and bite your lip. sometimes you have to sever the ties clean off. because in every relationship there comes a point when the damage is too much and no matter how good it once was, the memories can’t sustain you. you have to save yourself knowing all the while it will hurt like hell. because you can’t keep giving someone everything if you get nothing in return. loves are like empires: when the idea they are founded on crumbles, they, too, fade away. never be taken in by poets who claim that love, if it’s pure, will never fade. though love may last all right in a bibliography, in the real world, it’s far too easily unmade.

you don’t have to wait for someone to treat you bad repeatedly. all it takes is once, and if they get away with it that once, if they know they can treat you like that, then it sets the pattern for the future. and no one deserves to be treated that way. so even if you love with your entire heart, every fiber of your being, with so much passion that it hurts to think about it, you need to forget what you want and remember what you deserve.

“When you are young, you think it’s going to be solved by love. But it never is. Being close — as close as you can get — to another person only makes clear that impassable distance between you.

If being in love only made people more lonely, why would everyone want it so much?

Because of the illusion. You fall in love, it’s intoxicating, and for a little while you feel like you’ve actually become one with the other person. Merged souls and so on. You think you’ll never be lonely again.”

Nicole Krauss

 

 

“Google is where we go for answers. People used to go elsewhere or, more likely, stagger along not knowing. Nowadays you can’t have a long dinner-table argument about who won the Oscar for that Neil Simon movie where she plays an actress who doesn’t win an Oscar; at any moment someone will pull out a pocket device and Google it.”

How Google Dominates Us

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Gossiping—What you can gain if you refrain

BY NICOLE BEHNAM

“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.”  -Jewish Proverb

Too often, I realize that people preface their sentences with “I heard” or “they say.” Intrigued by the personal details and juicy information that is likely to follow, most of us allow these sentences to continue and build up into paragraphs consisting of nothing other than questionable rumors and gossip.

Gossiping, indeed, gives us all a temporary vicious thrill. But at what cost? Upon this realization, I began to feign disinterest when people would gossip around me. It was difficult initially, but as I made a habit of this, I noticed a significant change in my life. I was no longer actively accumulating personal, unconfirmed information that had nothing to do with me. I was focusing on myself, and I was more open to making and maintaining new friendships.

As an Iranian-Jew, I often see the effect gossiping has on other people’s feelings, opinions, and even worse, relationships in the community to which I belong. Why do we gossip? Is our curiosity so insatiable that we can’t help it? How does gossiping affect us anyway?

When you exchange gossip, you suffer the consequence of wasted time. You know what it’s like. So we know a few more details about someone that may or—get this—may not be true. How will this information benefit you? How will you move forward with your life, with your career, with your family, because of information that more likely than not, has nothing to do with you? I asked myself these questions and came up with the following.

By listening to gossip, you are masking your vision by looking through a distorted lens and, unintentionally, judging someone. Let’s say you have a friend named Danielle. Friend A says this about Danielle. Friend B says that. Friend C says something else. Now your perception of Danielle has been distorted by three different people. Could this be right? Judging a person does not define who they are, it defines who YOU are.

It’s beautiful and comforting to know that you are a different human being to everyone you meet. We have all had our share of joys and sorrows, of successes and defeat, of experiences that define us and make us unique and different from one another. But to listen to a rumor about someone and mask our vision with a story about them is inhumane.

A rumor, after all, is just a story. But if it does not involve us, what reason do we have to sit there and listen, to formulate an opinion, to judge, to agree, to disagree, or to repeat any of it? After I realized this, I not only began to express genuine disinterest, but I began to vocalize that the repetition of gossip made me uncomfortable.

“Lo telech rachil b’ameicha,” Rabbi Wolpe quoted the Torah in his sermon last year at Sinai Temple. “Do not go being a talebearer among your people (Lev. 19:16).” He went on to note that “Of the 43 sins we are about to confess on Yom Kippur, over a quarter of them are sins of speech, because we hurt more people with our words than we do with anything else, and the single most dangerous action that you can take in the world today is hitting the send button.”

He is right; it is too easy to hit the send button.  It is too easy to sit idly by and listen. It is too easy to take pleasure in being the person who knows something. Because you get to say “guess what I heard?” at the expense of somebody else’s reputation, and even worse, their feelings.

“You can spread a rumor today that will hurt someone in Israel tomorrow,” said Wolpe. “All you have to do is repeat it.”

Before you are about to pass on a rumor, he advises us to ask: Is it true? Is it fair? And is it necessary? Whether we heard it from someone reliable is irrelevant. Whether it improves on the silence is beside the point. More often than not, you will notice the power of your silence, the honor in not being a talebearer.

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project observed that although gossip “unifies people who play by the rules” and “exposes the misbehavior of those who cheat on their spouses, don’t return phone calls, or take credit for other’s work,” she felt significantly happier after dismissing these types of poisonous conversations.

So before repeating a rumor this year and from now on, before even listening to the gossip in the first place, let’s opt out. “You can create a world with words, and you can destroy someone’s world with words,” said Wolpe. If nothing else, let’s use our words this year more wisely, more kindly, more effectively, and more productively.


Nicole Benham

Maybe if the timing had been different. Maybe if you were different.

There really is only one acceptable response to that question.

Kanye West will unveil his first womenswear collection during Paris fashion week. The S/S 2012 collection will be shown as apart of the official schedule at 9.30pm on October 1, directly after Jean Paul Gauliter and Loewe, contrary to reports that West was going for a presentation-style format for key editors only. The looks are being kept under lock and key but we’re already getting excited for the most talked-about show of the season which, if it’s anything like its designer, is sure to be larger than life.

Everyone has one- that one guy you just cannot seem to erase no matter how hard you try. He is the one who inconveniently pops into your mind just moments before you fall asleep, the name you hope to see appear on your phone, the guy who took an irretrievable piece of you at a time during your past. He may have been the one who hurt you or maybe you were the one who hurt him. Regardless of how it worked out, he is the guy you will never forget and the one you are thinking about while reading this. Yep…everyone has one.

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Sometimes love is not enough.

Ever get to point in a relationship where you go, “ I love you but if I have to be around you one more second I’m going to do you bodily harm?” I’ve had a few of those … everyone has had those moments.

Love isn’t perfect, we will all have our bad days, drive each other crazy, and have disagreements. But when a relationship between two people goes bad, then sometimes love really isn’t enough.

Sometimes it hits you that the person you love may not feel the same for you, makes you unhappy, might cheat on you, prevent you from being you, hurts you in anyway continuously; despite how much you love them, you need to realize you might have to walk away. If the person you are with isn’t happy, or you are hurting them more by being with them, then sometimes you need to let them go as well.

I loved a man very much, and he loved me as well. Sure, he was kind, fun, smart, someone I enjoyed hanging out with, but things just started to fall apart. I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t me. I got tired of trying to make things work. So one day, enough was enough. It hurt, sometimes it still does.

Walking away from someone you love hurts. Sometimes letting go of someone one who loves you hurts too. You’ve got to do what’s best for you, and sometimes them. Love can be as easy as holding a hand, and kissing someone goodnight. It also can be as hard as walking away knowing your heart only beats for them.

And now I’m here, with this new life, and a new place, and I’m in love with it. I’m in love with my new life. But I miss you. I miss your bed. I miss the nook in your arms where I would lie. I miss hearing you say how comfortable we were together.
I miss kissing you and laughing with you.

Love can change.

Like Baskin Robin ice cream flavors, there are many types of love, and the flavors can change often! One minute it can be an intense all-consuming love, and the next minute it’s gone completely off the menu. It can switch between and from intense love, friendly love, deeply passionate love, caring love, devoted love, etc.

I also find that things always change after the ‘honeymoon’ period is over and you really get to know who you’ve fallen in love with. Sure, sometimes it’s good change. You realize you love the true person they are, and maybe you think how they organize their underwear by color, year, and make is really awesome ( Hey whatever rocks your socks! I won’t judge!). Other times you realize their personality and little quirks, like being berated for not decompressing all the air out of the bag of a loaf of bread, will drive you up a wall.

The time I have spent with you has made me look forward to the next time we see each other, whether it be tomorrow, next month, next year, 10 years from now or when you finally return from this exciting journey your about to take part on. It is the best feeling knowing that some of your best days are just waiting to be lived out. Doing anything with you seems extraordinary to me.

While it lasted we had some of those things some people are yet to experience. We are the lucky ones, to meet somebody and get along so well instantly. To have a crazy connection with somebody you barely know but it’s something you hear people talk about and read about. While we had it it’s was real, it was great, it was really great.

Anatomy Of A Drug Mule: X-ray images released by Brazilian police claim to show 72 bags of cocaine found inside the gastrointestinal tract of a 20-year-old man they say was trying to smuggle them out of the country.

The Irishman was arrested Monday at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport attempting to board a plane to Lisbon en route to Brussels. He was taken to the hospital, where two pounds of cocaine — a street value of approximately $200k — were extracted from his body.

Police have charged the man they’ve identified as P.B.B. with international drug trafficking. If convicted, he faces a possible 15 years behind bars.

RIP: Frances Bay, a Canadian-born character actress best known for her roles as Fonzie’s grandmother on Happy Days, Mrs. Tremond on Twin Peaks, and Grandma Gilmore in Happy Gilmorepassed away yesterday at the age of 92.

Bay, who decided to become an actress in her mid-50s after spending the majority of her life as a homemaker, got her start playing a bit part in the Goldie Hawn/Chevy Chase-vehicle Foul Play.

From there she went on to appear in over 50 films and 100 TV shows, including, most notably, the series finales of Who’s The Boss? and Seinfeld.

“I don’t know if it was women’s lib or something that kind of turned inside of me,” Bay told the LA Times in a 1986 interview, “but I just started doing it: got new pictures, started pounding the pavement, went to agents – and I got work.”

Despite being struck by a car in 2002 and having her right leg amputated below the knee, Bay continued to work right up until the end, most recently starring as Aunt Ginny in ABC’s The Middle.

Lost Boy: Police in Berlin are asking for help in identifying a mysterious English-speaking 17-year-old who suddenly showed up at City Hallclaiming he had been living in the woods for the past five years.

The teenager, who gave authorities his date of birth and a name — Ray — says he and his father entered the forest after his mother died, and have been living in tents and huts ever since.

He told police he began his trek back to civilization after his father passed away two weeks ago.

“Ray” says he doesn’t know his parents names, nor can recall anything about his life before the forest. “He can speak English very well, fluently in fact, but only speaks basic German,” said Berlin police spokesman Klaus Schubert. “It might be possible that he comes from Britain because he’s speaking English very fluently.”

A continent-wide appeal for assistance has been issued through Interpol after his description failed to match any missing persons report dating back to the late 1990s.

He is said to be physically fit, but may have experienced psychological trauma resulting in memory loss.

YouTuber mguw attaches a small camera to the rotorhead of an RC helicopter and synchronizes the RPM of the rotor to the scan rate of the camera so you don’t have to. (Although you may want to after you see how sweet it makes everything look.)

An Original carte de visite, c. 1870, “showing a man who looks exactly like Nick Cage [sic].”

eBay seller jack_mord says: “Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of walking undead / vampire, et cetera, who quickens / reinvents himself once every 75 years or so.”

I was under the impression that this was already a well-known fact.

Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead: Two Denver men were arrested and charged with abusing a corpse, criminal impersonation, and identity theft after taking their deceased friend out for a night on the town,Weekend At Bernie’s-style.

According to court records, Robert Young and Mark Rubinson rode around in a car with Jeffrey Jarrett’s body, stopping at a couple of restaurants before returning him to his house. Their 80s-themed night didn’t end there: The duo are alleged to have “borrowed” their buddy’s ATM card, withdrawing $400 at a strip club.

Jarrett’s cause of death has yet to be determined, but Young and Rubinson were not considered suspects. A relative told CBS Denver that Young was living with Jarrett, and returned home on August 27 to find him dead.

“I’m horrified, I’m absolutely, I can’t even put in to words, I can’t imagine anybody thinking that maybe their friend is in trouble and not calling 911,” said the relative.

Both Young and Rubinson are currently out on bond.

6-year-old Emily Baldry stands next to the 160-million-year-old ammonite fossil she unearthed at a water park with a seaside spade.

So Shines A Good Deed: A Club-Level server at Qualcomm Stadium, who accidentally tripped on a stair during the September 1st match-up between the Chargers and the 49ers, lost her grip on the $1,000 stack she had been holding, sending it fluttering into the Field section below.

Money’s gone, right? Wrong.

“All my customers began screaming over the railing to the people below: ‘That’s the servers’ money’,” says Heather Allison. Chargers fans immediately rushed to collect all the bills that had been strewn on the ground and under seats. Ten minutes later, a security officer delivered every last dollar back to Allison.

“Chargers fans are amazing,” she told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “We’re like a family.”

Found Cat: Willow’s family never expected to see her ever again, but the 6-year-old calico cat who ran away from her Colorado home five years ago and ended up in Manhattan — some 1,600 miles away — will soon be returned to them safe and sound.

“To be honest, there are tons of coyotes around here, and owls,” said owner Jamie Squires. “She was just a little thing, five and a half pounds. We put out the ‘Lost Cat’ posters and the Craigslist thing, but we actually thought she’d been eaten by coyotes.”

As it turns out, Willow survived the coyotes, and quite a bit more, to end up on E 20th Street, where she was rescued by a man, and taken to an animal shelter. There, the staff scanned the microchip implanted in Willow, and notified Animal Care & Control, which rang up Squires.

“All our pets are microchipped,” Squires told the Associated Press. “If I could microchip my kids, I would.”

When Willow finally reunites with her family, she’ll find a few new additions: Squires and her husband Chris have since welcomed a new daughter and a new English mastiff named Zoe.

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Harvard University nutritionists have decided to tweak the USDA’s new “My Plate” chart in a move that is sure to piss off the dairy industry.

In June, the USDA updated the old food pyramid and put out a healthy eating pie chart called “My Plate.”  The chart depicted a relatively positive diet but almost as an afterthought, tossed a glass of milk on the side urging eaters to have a glass with every meal.  The problem is that almost any reasonable nutritionist will tell you that a serving of dairy with every meal is far too much and Harvard nutritionists agree.

The Ivy League school decided to release their own My Plate which shows a glass of water in place of the milk.  They urge eaters to drink lots of water, tea, or coffee, and avoid sugary drinks while limiting their dairy. Their defense of such a non-traditional move was this:

“High intake [of dairy] can increase the risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer.  Plus, dairy products can be high in saturated fat as well as retinal, which at high levels can paradoxically weaken bones.”

The human body is made of about 70% water so telling people to drink more of it does seem more important than telling them to drink more milk.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is asking the USDA to require foie gras to have a cigarette-like warning on all product packaging.

The group is asking that the USDA mandate that all foie gras packages be marked with the statement “NOTICE: Foie gras products are derived from diseased birds.” The ALDF argues that, foie gras consumers have the right to know the risks that come with buying the product.

The ALDF explains their reasoning like this:

“Ducks are force-fed three pounds of mash a day through a pipe that is shoved down their throats - the equivalent of force-feeding 45 pounds of food to an adult human - inducing a liver disease known as hepatic lipidosis that often cripples and poisons the birds.”

The equivalent of force-feeding an adult human 45 pounds of food?  The average bag of potatoes is about 5 pounds so this would be like being force-fed 9 bags of potatoes every day.  That is enough to make anyone sick.

You can help spread the word about the dangers foie gras poses to animals and consumers by asking the USDA to mandate an industry wide warning label.  Sign the ALDF petition today.

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong: On Sunday, September 11th, two passenger planes had to be escorted to their destination by F-16 jets after suspicious activity was reported on board.

One of those flights, Frontier Flight 623, landed at Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport, and was met on the runway by FBI agents and a SWAT unit. Three passengers — two men of Indian descent and a woman — were removed from coach in bracelets, and taken into custody.

The female detainee, as it turns out, was Jewish Arab blogger Shoshana Hebshi.

“Silly me,” Hebshi writes in a post describing her ordeal, “I thought flying on 9/11 would be easy.” Hebshi says she had never been profiled before, despite the Arab features she got from her Saudi Arabian dad.

“Because I am my father’s daughter I am aware of the possibility of anti-Arab and anti-Semitic sentiments that have increased dramatically,” she says, “but luckily  no members of my family nor myself have had to endure what so many others have gone through in this country and throughout the world.”

All that changed Sunday when Hebshi was handcuffed, locked up, and strip-searched — all because a passenger aboard her plane thought she looked suspicious.

“You understand why we have to do this, right? It’s for our own protection,” said the female officer responsible for administering the search. “Because I am so violent,” Hebshi thought to herself. “And pulling me off an airplane, handcuffing me and patting me down against a squad car didn’t offer enough protection. They also needed to make sure all my orifices were free and clear.”

After all was said and done, an FBI agent apologized to Hebshi and thanked her for her cooperation. “It’s 9/11 and people are seeing ghosts,” the agent told her, adding that the FBI “had to act on a report of suspicious behavior, and this is what the reaction looks like.”

But to Hebshi, who says she won’t be flying on September 11 any time soon, these excuses ring hollow:

In the aftermath of my events on Sept. 11, 2011, I feel violated, humiliated and sure that I was taken from the plane simply because of my appearance…We live in a complicated world that, to me, seems to have reached a breaking point. The real test will be if we decide to break free from our fears and hatred and truly try to be good people who practice compassion–even toward those who hate.

Next time you get behind the driver’s seat, take a moment to think about the shocking images in this reckless driving PSA.

Mug Shot of the Day: Manny Ramirez, who retired from major league baseball in April after testing positive for a banned substance, was arrested Monday at his Weston, Florida home, and charged with one count of domestic violence battery.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit [pdf], Ramirez’s wife Juliana told an officer that the two were fighting in the master bedroom when Ramirez “struck her in the left side of her face causing her to hit her head against the headboard of the bed.”

Ramirez told the officer that he did not strike his wife, but rather grabbed her by the shoulders and “shrugged her,” causing her to hit her head.

Police noted that Mrs. Ramirez had red swelling where she had allegedly been slapped, as well as a small contusion on the back of her head. The affidavit also notes that the couple “refused to cooperate and give a taped statement.”

Ramirez was booked into Broward County jail.

There are myriad everyday activities that we “sighties” take for granted. For instance: Withdrawing money from an ATM.

Tommy Edison the Blind Film Critic demonstrates the modern ATM’s accessibility, or, rather, its striking lack thereof.

Behind the Scenes of Kanye’s Never-Aired Comedy Central Puppet Show, Animal Boots | Vulture

Why, oh why could this not be a thing? From the makers of Crank Yankers, the show was to be a “hip hop Muppet Show.”

For the record, this is where that Kanye-signing-his-own-headshot still came from.

Also, Kim Kardashian in a Slave Leia costume.

In case you missed it, here is the final scene from the series finale ofEntourage. Seems like a weird way to end such an amazing show.

A Chicago-area woman is dead after she injected beef fat into her face.

The 63-year old had a regular routine of boiling beef until the fat liquefied and could be injected into her face with a syringe as a sort of DIY collagen. After the injections, her face was reported to be “grotesque” and her lips and mouth became severely infected. Surprisingly, the medical examiner thinks a colon infection and not the injections are what killed her.

Shooting beef into your face may seem risky but so does eating the stuff. Red meat is actually very bad for your colon and eating it increases your risk of colon cancer by 30-40%.

Judging by this story alone, eating beef seems more dangerous than boiling it, putting it in a syringe, and shooting it into your face.

Matt Damon Defends Teachers.

Duane Edward Buck, an African-American Death Row inmate convicted in 1997 of killing two people while under the influence of drugs, is scheduled to be executed in Huntsville, Texas, this Thursday.

But his lawyers, a prosecutor responsible for his death sentence, and a woman he shot, are requesting clemency for Buck because they believe he did not receive a fair trial.

According to Buck’s lawyer, Kate Black, his 1997 conviction was tainted by the testimony of Dr. Walter Quijano, a psychologist who told jurors Buck was likely to be violent again in the future because he is black.

In order to recommend capital punishment, the jury must determine the likelihood of “future danger” posed by the defendant. Quijano initially suggested that Buck did not pose a “future danger” because he had no priors. However, when asked by a prosecutor whether Buck’s race “increases the future dangerousness,” the doctor responded affirmatively.

Quijano made similar remarks in six other cases that resulted in a death sentences. After Texas state attorneys admitted that race should not have been a factor in the jury’s decision, all six cases were retried.

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has already voted to reject the clemency request, and the Harris County district attorney’s office has flatly refused to take any action. All eyes are now on Gov. Rick Perry, who has the authority to grant Buck a 30-days reprieve, which would give his lawyers the time they needed to arrange an unbiased do-over.

“We urge Gov. Perry to grant a temporary reprieve to allow all parties involved to work together to ensure that Mr. Buck receives a new and fair sentencing hearing untainted by race-based testimony,” said Black.

A Perry spokeswoman told the Texas Tribune that his office had not yet received a reprieve request, but, once it is received, “just like every other request for a 30-day reprieve, it will be reviewed.”

According to WashPo:

To promote the film, Warner Bros. Canada embraced the film’s theme and created two small billboards made entirely from bacteria.

YouTube video shows the process in which “two large Petri dishes were inoculated with live bacteria including penicillin, mold and pigmented bacteria.”

Tupac Shakur died 15 years ago today — he died at the age of 25 in a September 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He had been wounded five times in a similar shooting in 1994.

Sadly, Tupac is one of many Talented Musicians Who Died Before 30.

7 of 9 Witnesses say my Brother is Innocent. Stop Troy Davis’ Execution on September 21st.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT”My brother, Troy Davis, has been on Georgia’s death row for 20 years despite strong evidence of his innocence. His execution date is now scheduled for Wed, Sept 21. He has a hearing in front of the GA Board of Pardons & Parole two days beforehand.We need to tell the Board strongly and clearly: There’s too much doubt to execute Troy Davis!

The case against my brother Troy consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, seven out of nine witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony.

Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis. Here is what one had to say:

“I got tired of them harassing me, and they made it clear that the only way they would leave me alone is if I told them what they wanted to hear. I told them that Troy told me he did it, but it wasn’t true.”

We need to tell the Board strongly and clearly: There’s too much doubt to execute Troy Davis!”

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http://www.change.org/petitions/7-of-9-witnesses-say-my-brother-is-innocent-stop-troy-davis-execution-on-sep-21

Johnny Depp On The Set Of His New Movie, Michael Jackson Twilight | BWE.tv

I Met A Genius 

I met a genius on the train
today
about 6 years old,
he sat beside me
and as the train
ran down along the coast
we came to the ocean
and then he looked at me
and said,
it’s not pretty.

Charles Bukowski 

for women who are difficult to love.

you are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
to a burning house
says you are blinding him
that he could never leave you
forget you
want anything but you
you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
unashamed and sacrificial
he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
lives in your head
and you tried to change didn’t you?
closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
prettier
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do love
split his head open?
you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.

- Warsan Shire

pop standard “Body and Soul” with Tony Bennett at EMI’s Abbey Road studios in London, was released today, on what would have been Winehouse’s 28th birthday.

Bennett’s Duets II is slated for release September 20th.