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Live to the Point of Tears

Tattoo #5 (Live to the Point of Tears; under Egyptian Angel) Albert Camus, the famous French writer who was also famous for his Absurdist translations of man after World War II wrote many beautiful and poignant things I could have chose to etch onto my body, but at the core of his most nihilistic views, he did believe that man should ‘live to the point of tears.’ For me, it has always meant both the joyful and sorrow filled tears. Soak them all up and all the stories and people they most undoubtedly infuse. Tattoo #6 (T.S. Eliot Poem, left ribs) This speaks for itself. It is for the love of music and life for which I decided to put this on my ribs. It is a paragraph from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Four Quarters.” For most of us, there is only the unattended Moment, the moment in and out of time, The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight, The wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning Or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply That it is not heard at all, but you are the music While the music lasts.

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