The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Aftermath: U.S.A. #11

Original Caption:

Fort Benning -- President Eisenhower sits back and watches one of the Army's newest missiles roll past on its tracked launcher. The President and other top officials were shown some of the Army's newest equipment during their visit. (1960)


Maureen said...

Wait, another tank, what's going on here?

Tempest said...

His sitting posture and the way his right hand lays relaxed to his side tells me all I need to know what he thinking.
And this photo is taken at the twilight of his Presidency. Looking at this specific weapon and what it is designed to do and what he did 15 years at his succesful conclusion of the "Crusade in Europe" (apt name considering the enemy)

It must have been dispiriting.


laamish said...

"Missle firing tank!
Over 6 feet long!
Large enough for two kids inside"

Christopher said...

picnic martinis and rockets a-go go
let 'er rip..lets see what she kin dew..