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

Great Canadians of the 20th Century #15

Billy Bishop


Joe Thompson said...

The highest-scoring ace to survive World War One.

Joe Thompson ;0)

swac said...

"I've got these eyes, see..."

Tempest said...

"I sent one of them to Hell in flames today ... I wish Kaiser Bill could have seen him sizzle."

-British WWI Ace Edward Mannock


Vanwall said...

Mick and Bish - stone cold hunter/killers.

Gerard Saylor said...

When in middle school I was given on book on famous aces of the war. I remember so many of the names and stories even now.