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13 March 2011 @ 01:00 am

I remember seeing Janis Ian play this song at Falcon Ridge. She was on before Girlyman, the group that finally managed to get me to step outside of angry teenage rock into folk when I was fifteen. I cried to see generations meet.

Why I am I always at war with my body? It used to be such a mutually beneficial relationship, so harmonious.

Once upon a time, my body was hard and mean with use, lithe on the field and so aggressive; but it was balanced, for my mind held compassion - so soft and supple.

Now my body is soft and supple, which would matter not if my mind had not become so aggressive - so hard and mean.

(I learned this at seventeen. At twenty-one, my mind grows only meaner when it deems I could be leaner.)


A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.
[Eleanor Roosevelt]
Current Mood: discontentDiscontent.
Kiwi Crocus: Emotion || Walk lightly through lights.cranky__crocus on March 13th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
How could anyone ever tell you
You were anything less than beautiful?
How could anyone ever tell you
You were less than whole?
How could anyone fail to notice
That your loving is a miracle?
How deeply you're connected to my soul.

You count in the 'anyone' - you know that, right? If you won't let anyone else tell you you're not beautiful or whole or loving or connected, you really have no right to go telling yourself those fibs either! Be gentle with yourself - you are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars.

(Always useful to have a few reminders from yourself - who better to remind you?)

Edited at 2011-03-13 02:29 am (UTC)
chellix18chellix18 on March 13th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
maybe you need to reconnect with your body...as much as i hate to admit it,i have to give in whenever my body's on the verse of giving up on me
CaroRulescarorules on March 14th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
I find it very hard to be at peace with my body.. there's always a little feud going on somewhere..
gerristgerrist on March 17th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Love Janis song!! Have enjoyed it for many years and hearing it just now was like hearing it for the first time. AMAZING.
Kiwi Crocus: Zoë Lewis || Ukulele time!cranky__crocus on April 3rd, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
Awwr, I'm glad, Mum! She was amazing to hear at Falcon Ridge - one of my favourite acts. She was also the act that I lost the flashlight during. :X I swear I didn't mean to, all the power just went out (while she was on stage about to sing, in fact!) and I had dropped it around my seat but couldn't find it, even when the power came back on.

Janis Ian was definitely fantastic, though. I can't describe the emotions that came over me to see her and Girlyman play back-to-back!