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

Africa Talks to You #5


Original Caption:

Kenya -- Twenty-two Kikuyu women of Kenya, British African colony, have formed their own home guard to fight beside the men of the Kikuyu guard, to rid their country of Mau Mau terrorism. In this scene, the Kenya women drill under their director, Chief Benedetto. In the foreground with a woolen shawl over her shoulders is the captain of the women's guard, Esther Wangui, a woman terrorist who surrendered after being forced in to the Mau Mau. (1955)

1 comment :

celticgods said...

The British, tortured, raped and murdered the Kikuyu for decades all the while waging a vicious and untruthful propaganda attack in the British media and the Foreign Office has hidden all the documentation un Official Secrets Act.
The Mau Mau achieved independence for Kenya.