Sunday, January 1, 2017

Old Greenwich

     Long Island Sound's socked in. Black jetty stones tumble into a short beach. Two days left in 2016.
24 hours of rain. The constant kind without a breath I got used to in college, that I realized New Englanders were used to all their lives, that I'd forgotten about, living on the West Coast. The pacific coast where you wake up 270 days in the year to nothing but blue skies. Drowning and not waving.
  I'm 20 feet from the water. Across 15 more miles of it should be New York State, but all you can see are layers of grey and blue, washes in and across the water, above even the few houses visible on the land's narrow points. The soft shore's tree line a brushy charcoal under all the lovely hues of slate.
  I miss these colors in California. Out there they don't exist. Even a Golden Gate storm has an undertone of glitter. Fog in San Fran is primed with yellow.
  I'm frickin cold. Gets in your skin here. The core feels it and shies away, even a mile from I-95. Jogging distance to the closest mansion. One of my oldest friends and I standing here, and not speaking too much.
   I'd shelved my memories of this part of the States. These dreamy secure towns I used to pass back and forth between New York and Providence. My college pilgrimages for love and knowledge. On the trains, I'd wonder who lived behind those warm windows clicking by, how could so many people be that wealthy, that lucky? I let it go. Or I did nothing about it, so I let them alone, let them be, get on with their immaterial lives, have kids, a generation of still breeding thoughts, and so on...... but here I was again on a spit of parkland just south of Stamford Connecticut, feeling it.
  At the toe of a town settled in the middle of the Seventeenth century. Pequots giving way to Yankees and Sailors and farmers, fighting back but losing ultimately, burned and starved, erased. And then after the settlers and thieves, came the bankers and the billionaires, new thieves, burning and starving the nation and building their astounding homes along the shore.
  Fitzgerald lived briefly on the other side of the Sound. I've always wondered did he dream up Daisy's green light gazing a few hundred yards from one spit of Long Island to another or did he look across the Sound toward what he knew were the new money manses of Connecticut. Fairfield, Cos Cob, Greenwich. Green light. Greenwich.
  Gatsby dreaming across a greater expanse makes more sense to me. His inspiration growing with the distance. The challenge of the crossing. But then when F. Scott wrote the novel he realized, practically, to make the story work Daisy needed to be near by and Gatsby's madness buying literally the mansion next door became all the stronger. Art, always served by compression and release. But still I think, at the close of the book, when he speaks of the continent seen for the first time by Dutch sailors, when the inessential houses melt away, he's talking about, he's remembering, Connecticut, not New York. The distant shore he saw that gave him that smoky eternal image was here. Right beneath my feet.
  You know those stories about War veterans: the glass or the metal, the fragments of shells or bullets or deflected debris or the obliterated bones of the friend standing next to them, these splinters emerging from their skin decades later? No matter how you think you've put it to bed, overused it, gone to the nostalgic well once too often, some stuff always comes back up. You can bury your shit, you can think it's done, it's got no more half life, but once in awhile you'll be wrong, on the way home you'll be driving along a tight little suburban street lined with faux colonials and you'll pass Random Rd, "ha check that out man, a street called Random Rd" and before you can laugh and point it out, before you can say a word to your friend behind the wheel you'll remember, oh that's where she lived. Her dad's house was down that road. Literally, Random Road.
  And who was she? A girl with a Goddess' name you met freshman year but no one in your life's meander that mattered all that much much as you weren't much to hers. But there it is. The real thing. The actual road. Not even 200 yards long, bisecting an overbuilt, commuter heavy peninsula in Fairfield County Connecticut, where you spent a hazily recalled few days in 1986 with a red haired beauty and her sharp and winsome parents. Whose father built a bank in Pittsburgh you pass every day you're home. Who made love to you on a jetty in a summer storm, as she faced the water and you the shore. The breadth of the memory broader than the place itself.
   You say nothing to your buddy, who's driving back to his son, who's waiting with his parents in their summer home 20 miles up the coast, because you two have been talking about his brutal divorce and how tight the lane is with all the SUVs going by, and whether Sandy when she hit leveled this or that McMansion but what you're thinking is, fuck, memory lives in the land, its power is the land itself and you need to go there, to the place where you were when it happened even if you weren't born when it did, if you want to feel it. If you want it back. And even when you don't. It will come. And maybe it should. Who are we to try and choose.

25 comments:

  1. David, you are a wonderful,descriptive and gifted writer. I love reading what you write. You write what is in your heart. Don't ever stop writing.

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    2. Ich bin hier draußen zu schätzen Arzt okoh, denn ich werde nie vergessen, was er für mich getan hat. Doktor Okoh Gott wird dich immer wieder gesegnet, für die guten Werke, die du in meinem Leben gemacht hast, werde ich immer weiter schreiben und meine Zeugnisse über dich im Internet veröffentlichen, ich bin Susan Moore aus San Juan, Puerto Rico . Ich wurde getestet HIV-positiv, ich sah ein Blog auf, wie Dr. Okoh heilte Menschen, ich glaubte nicht, aber ich habe gerade beschlossen, ihm einen Versuch zu geben, ich kontaktierte ihn und bekam auch meine Heilung, ich bin so glücklich. Wenn Sie irgendwelche Probleme haben oder Sie sind auch mit einer Krankheit wie HIV / AIDS VIRUS, COXSACKIE VIRUS, SYPHILIS, ANEMIA, HEPATITIS A, c und B, HERPES VIRUS, KREBS, GONORRHEA oder andere Gesundheitsprobleme infiziert, können Sie mit dem Arzt in Verbindung treten ok auf HIS EMAIL: drokohspelhome@gmail.com
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  3. The Word Man. That is you. Love it.

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  4. The Word Man. That is you. Love it.

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  5. Happy New Year's David. Your a good writer, enjoyed reading this.

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  7. It's sometimes hard not to get stuck in the memories and remember to live.

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  19. I never thought i would be HIV negative again after been diagnosed in 2015, i have tried everything possible in life from one doctor to another, one hospital to another, series of tests, different kinds of medication, i had already lost hope until i meet Great Dr. OSAGIE online testimonies, a specialist in herbal medication from Africa, i contacted him (drosagiesolutiontemple@gmail.com OR
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  20. I was cured of HIV with the used of natural herbs. My name is edmond scott and am from US. I love herbs so much. Most times, injection and drugs are just a waste of time. I was cured 8 months ago, i suffered from HIV for 13 yrs but with the help of Dr ekiadola herbal medicine, i was cured within few weeks of drinking the herbs he sent to me through courier delivery service. This same doctor also cured my Aunty from herpes, as soon as i heard she had herpes, i quickly refer her to Dr.ekiadola and she was cured too after drinking his herbs.I have referred more than 15 persons to Dr.ekiadola and they were all cured from their various illness. Have you taken herbs before?. You have spent so much money on drugs,injections,surgeries etc and yet you have no good result to show for it. Contact Dr. Ogun now, he is a herbalist doctor, i assured you of a cure if you drink his natural herbs. Dr.ekiadola have herbs that cures Hiv, Herpes, diabetics, asthma, hepatitis, HBP, STD, cancer, chronic, etc. Contact Dr ekiadola through his Email address on: ekiadolaherbalhome@gmail.com or WHATSAPP/CALL him on +2349057915075 or or +2348139323526 . Please share the good news to other people once you are cured

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  21. My name is Emily Brian from United State of America. I was diagnosed with HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS (HSV1/2) in 2016 and I tried all possible means to get cured but all to no avail until I saw a post in a health forum about a herbal doctor called DR. OCUSODO from Africa who prepare herbal medicine to cure all kind of diseases including Herpes virus. At first, I doubted if it was real but decided to give it a try. When I contacted this herbal doctor via his email, I explained my predicament to him and he assured me that all will be well. He gave me 100% assurance that my herpes will be cured withing 2 weeks with the help of his herbal medicine. After all preparation has been made and I got the cure, I used it as prescribed by the herbal doctor and after I finished taking the medicine, I went to the hospital to do TEST and to my greatest surprise, I tested negative to Hepatitis B Virus just as he said it will be within 2 weeks of usage. Do not loose hope too soon. Contact him if you need his help and you can Email him on his email addresses: drocusodospellcaster@gmail.com or drocusodospellcaster@yahoo.com For easy and fast communication you can also call or add him up on whats-app...

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