Thursday, January 24, 2008

catpower just got harder to listen to

"oh my god i can't believe this."
the girl behind the counter in the card shop couldn't believe it.
"heath ledger is dead!"

"what? oh my god! that is so sad!"
the lady in the fur coat with the too bright fuckme red lipstick couldn't believe it either.

"i am in shock."
they agreed that it was shocking and so sad.
then they began to discuss whether they thought it was drug-related or not.

i can't believe it either. i am standing in the greeting card aisle watching and listening to these women mourn the man who is now their favorite celebrity.

put down your people magazine because here is some real drug-related tragedy for you. three people whose lives crossed mine and baltimore and the people i love died this past week and that is a lot closer to you than hollywood will ever be.

one was a new father and one was a man that kissed me once
and burned me my first catpower cd and one was a woman i never quite knew but i had watched our paths cross several times.

these people were fucking young and they never knew they had a chance. or maybe they did but they were just too tired. sometimes you surrender and lightness is revealed. they surrendered and darkness swallowed them up. who is to say which one it will be? i don't know i don't think anyone does.

and THAT,

now that is truly sad.

6 comments:

Maat B' Oenito said...

I've been to two funerals in the last week, almost three. Neither of them were for Heath Ledger.

Luckily, I can dress for a funeral without even trying. Black? No problem.

Hope you're doing ok with all of it. I'm slightly off-put by the term "mourning", Like it's a new start, or the dawn of reality, or night's end . . .

Maat B' Oenito said...

Thought about you last night when somebody burned me a copy of Cat Power's "Jukebox".

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hi. just hi. and sorry.

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