=   F.U.C.K. - Fucked Up College Kids - Born Jan. 24th, 1993 - F.U.C.K.   =

                        can it feel this wrong?

there are some fundamental problems with me, and i am fully aware
of that as fact. if anyone is qualified to say that about another person,
self is always it. is my new obsession part of that problem? i'd love
to know. as i reconsider my intro, i think i am just different. that
we all find beauty in different places, and that i am just looking
in a new place. 

recently i have found myself liking a new kind of art. well, to qualify
i guess i should say that it is likely only i consider it art.
the turning point that made me realize this came the other day while
out of town. i sat there looking at someone enthralled by the anguish
on her face. it made me think back to the CD cover for _Heavenly Voices_
i recently purchased. the cover is adorned with a woman's face in
what appears to be guilt ridden pain. 

shortly after seeing her face i realized that the expression she had
was cause of my joy. all this time, i had taken pleasure in other's pain,
or more directly, the reflection they had taken of their own pain.
even more specifically, a beautiful female face wearing the look of
guilt or sorrow.

here is an excerpt from a sort of journal i keep, detailing my thoughts
immediately after the encounter:

        "drizzling rain, steady bumps. one nice thing to an otherwise
         depressing day. Atlanta transit the one hour stage for today.
         Returning to the airport she sat across from me. Friendly smile
         before reading to pass the time. Exchanged time of day for
         brief eye contact.

         i sat there contemplating my day occasionally glancing over. her
         face etched out emotional yin yang and drew me in. corners of her
         mouth turned up, as if she was truly happy. eyes and brow a
         contradiction to that happiness. the anguish etched in her face
         had sat with her for a long time. it was as if i could feel her
         pain and suddenly understand the hurt. one second and all i could
         read was guilt on her brow. what had she done that weighed so

         the buzzer sounded and the train stopped. the doors parted as she
         stood up. with a gentle smile she bid me good day. her happy
         facade had returned and she left me there to ponder her guilt
         for her."

I think back to her sitting there, staring down at the floor thinking
about whatever consumed her. I wanted to go over and just touch her
face. To feel the pain etched in it. Run my finger along the contours
of her face.

The thought of guilt, sin, confession, attrition, and other raw emotions
fascinates me. I find parts of them beautiful to say the least. It is
difficult for me to describe the relationship between the pain and the
inherent beauty I see in it.

discussion on said topic the other day lead to an interesting comment
by a new friend. she said "pain is one of the most base emotions..
and a certain naivete is put forth by a genuine display of pain."
it didn't hit me until over a week later that what she said is dead on.

think about it. society says not to show pain or any emotion at all.
showing something so 'bad' and 'primitive' is a sign of weakness.
to actually show emotion brands you with the label of 'pansy' or
some other inadequate insult. to show such emotion is more often than
not done under the guise of art, or by young people. young people
who are naive about what light they will be held in after doing

as well know, what society deems acceptable is hardly an appropriate
guideline these days. with such a minority leading the way assigning
values to social and philosophical elements, its easy to get tied
up in what they decree. what better way to shirk free thought and
give up control or say in your life. but we have gone down this rant
before, and the issue at hand is so much more elegant. the face of

as i sit here reviewing what i wrote, i can't help but to think
how poor a job i have done in describing what i originally set out
to. how do you adequately describe something you find so beautiful?
give them something as an example? will that one example really make
them understand how it affects you? of course not. perhaps telling
them what extreme you would go through to convey the point? why bother.
all i know is that i sit here at night sometimes, staring at the faces
of women in pain. when i do, things seem so clear and calm.

i look back to my trip to atlanta, and i can picture her face perfectly.
no details of her, the train, or my feelings are lost and i have this
feeling they will stay with me. we all feel pain at times. unfortunately,
we have been told that pain is unconditionally bad, when more often
than you might expect, it is good. if nothing else, it certainly allows
us to enjoy pleasure all the more.


mea culpa

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