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"speaking through walls"

I'm back!

I owe many thanks to elskegaderian, who wrote the remarkable story "Jetée" in response to my desire for a (dark) spotlight to fall on two of my favorite Harry Potter characters, Arthur Weasley and Remus Lupin. Go forth and read!

Also FYI, the articles at HogwartsProfessor.com have been updated to include new Half-Blood Prince analyses.



And here is today's quote for the day. If it sounds familiar, that may be because it is the poem quoted in the final scene of Smoke Signals, which was the first commercially successful film to be an almost exclusively Native American production (written by, directed by, and starring American Indian artists). It was originally published in a longer version entitled "Forgiving Our Fathers" in the poetry anthology Ghost Radio.

"How Do We Forgive Our Fathers?"
by Dick Lourie

How do we forgive our Fathers?
Maybe in a dream
Do we forgive our Fathers for leaving us too often or forever
when we were little?

Maybe for scaring us with unexpected rage
or making us nervous
because there never seemed to be any rage there at all.

Do we forgive our Fathers for marrying or not marrying our Mothers?
For Divorcing or not divorcing our Mothers?

And shall we forgive them for their excesses of warmth or coldness?
Shall we forgive them for pushing or leaning
for shutting doors
for speaking through walls
or never speaking
or never being silent?

Do we forgive our Fathers in our age or in theirs
or their deaths
saying it to them or not saying it?

If we forgive our Fathers what is left?

Comments

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melissagay
Aug. 2nd, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
Love, love, LOVE that icon! :) I just finished HBP last night, as you might have guessed from my email.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 3rd, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
So glad you like the icon - it's an original by fungus_files. I just adore it. And congrats on completing HP&HBP! ::passes the tissues::
agentxpndble
Aug. 2nd, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
Wow - what an excellent fic! (Have to find something constructive to post at fic page...) Have you seen this one?: http://www.livejournal.com/users/gryfforin/141343.html At first I was really squicked, but it grew on me. A lot. I have this weird crush thing with Arthur... Something about being hugely drawn to his sweetness/paternal nature, but also a little bit wanting to seduce him within an inch of his life...? I really thought my heart would break when I read the 'mollywobbles' thing. :::awwwwwwwwwwww!:::
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 3rd, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thanks for the link! That's certainly a different take on things, eh? The Arthur-and-Remus interaction is particularly interesting, I think. I need to nose around and see what other Arthur fiction is out there. (I recall one set during the war that I need to find again; it was excellent.) The "Mollywobbles" thing was great, wasn't it? And wanting to know how planes stay up? I think he's such a brilliant character, and I really like his relationship with Molly. Mark Williams was inspired casting for the films.
sneezythesquid
Aug. 3rd, 2005 03:08 am (UTC)
Welcome back! *hugs*
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 3rd, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *hugs back*
fungus_files
Aug. 3rd, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
hope the bub visit went well. :)

I went to read the fic and left a comment - really interesting stuff. loved the detail.

and I loved _smoke signals_ - took a while for it to get here but I managed to see it and it still looms large in my mind.

the poem is v affecting. made me think of my dad (who's no longer with us) and our relationship. also made me wonder, if the form of poem was written about mothers, whether the syntax would change?
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 3rd, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was fun to see wee Ethan and the rest of the family, including our other niece and nephew. So glad you liked the story! I, too, find Smoke Signals to be utterly unforgettable. We just watched it last week in class, and I was moved to tears all over again. Great point about the poem if it were about mothers... perhaps it would read rather differently. Hmmm.
faramirgirl
Aug. 3rd, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)
Hello
My friend that was so beautiful. (((you)))
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 3rd, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello
((((Faramirgirl)))) I'm so glad you liked it! I think it is very moving.
marm
Aug. 3rd, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
I really liked that film.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 3rd, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
I love it too. Sometimes it's a good day to die, and sometimes it's a good day for breakfast. :)
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