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

Norman Rockwell Saved from Drowning #24

Football Hero (1955)


justjack said...

Bless her heart, is she the most perfect thing you ever saw or what. No wonder that doofus is willing to get his brains beat out on the gridiron. I bet you anything he's underweight by 25 pounds compared to his teammates.

Brent McKee said...

What counts for them both is that he's her football hero.

justjack said...

Amen, Brent. The more I look at this picture the more I'm captivated by it. Look at his right hand; is he clenching his fist while making a muscle in his arm? And look at his face; at first I thought he was just a doofus-looking galoot, but now I think maybe he looks like that because he's deeply inhaling the scent from her hair, and also trying to look at her because how often does he get to be this close to her?

Lastly, what's the story on the sweater? Is it hers, and he's modeling it so she can repair the letter more easily? The waist looks short enough to be hers, but the arm length looks too long.

Feta said...

I really wish the NFL would bring back this style of uniform.