Thumbtacked (October 26th, 2012)

Published on 10/27/12 at 03:44:15 pm using 382 words.

And it happens again. Coincidence laced with something I can’t quite put my finger on. Blind choices that converge and lead to a startling connection whose significance is unfairly withheld. (More on those blind choices and connections here, here and here.)

I’d had a snapshot of Damien Rice as my cover photo on Facebook for over a month until a couple of days ago, when I arbitrarily decided it was time for a change.

Probably inspired by my post on the 165th anniversary of Jane Eyre, I knew I wanted words as opposed to images this time around. Or rather, words as image. So, just as arbitrarily, I reached for my Riverside Anthology of Literature, and proceeded to leaf through it, revisiting some old favorites in search of a meaningful passage to turn into snapshot.

Prufrock (Eliot) as usual, was the strongest contender. That is, until I chanced upon and remembered Ulysses (Tennyson), which has had me since high school. Even before that. Since Dead Poets Society, really. But consciously and faithfully (to both meaning and language) since high school. It’s worth noting I hadn’t thought of it, read it or heard it in quite a while.

Snapshot taken and duly instagrammed, it became my new cover photo.

Cut to yesterday and a spur-of-the-moment decision. Out of nowhere, Skyfall. I simply had to see it. No explanation required or requested. One of those things. And during a key scene… Dame Judi Dench as M actually quotes it! Those very lines! In the middle of a Bond movie! (Cue in some serious squinting here.) Another startling connection brought to my attention, my own arbitrary choices leading up to it and the gnawing sense that some unnamed thing I need at this particular time is being handed to me wrapped in mystery, to be pondered and eventually figured out.

…and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,–
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

(Ulysses - Alfred Lord Tennyson)

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