Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Here's Bob Dylan singing Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain," on an album released in June of 1970 and titled "Self-Portrait"

In the first week of July of 1970, R flew from Vietnam to Honolulu, Hawaii, so that we could spend a week together in the middle of his year in Vietnam. It was bittersweet. There was the startling sound of firecrackers all week. He was edgy. I remember eating breakfast with him in a pancake restaurant and hearing some of the songs from "Self-Portrait" over the restaurant's sound system. At one point during the week he said, "I never should have come here."

It took me a long time before I could even begin to understand what he was trying to tell me.

1 comment:

mum said...

am: I read this last night when I came back from taking photos at the market. I was too tired to leave a meaningful comment. I could imagine the powerful disconnects between your expectations and the craziness for this man of going from a combat zone to a romantic break. If there is one sin, war is it.

Lovely, soft colors in the photo. A Gordon Lighgfoot song, this one. Canadiana week?

(did you see the little swallows again?)

best from Graulhet (and thanks for the full-moon smile)