Intimacy Can't Stop the Stars From Falling

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UploadedSeptember 16, 2009
TakenJanuary 7, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure1/80 sec at f/7.1
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length60 mm
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You write from the city to wonder if I am still thinking about you. We know what you want to hear is that my heart spills, a broken faucet of both appetite and affection, cooked together, into a nectar we wear on our tongues but remember with skin. This is not exactly what you write, but it is exactly what you mean.

I am at the beach, exiled from my dreams, when an invite comes from the desert to see the stars fall. It is the night of the meteor showers, a month ago, a day or two before you crashed into Los Angeles. I decline the invitation to write a song:

The sky has nothing left at all, after the stars fall. There is nothing but moonlight after the stars fall, and all I have to lose is you. And a song called “Starfall” drifts out of the sky.

You write, and wonder if I miss you. And the dishwasher in my house back East breaks down, and the property taxes have tripled in five years and now it’s time to give the keys to the county clerk and say “good luck,” and the last thing in the world I want to buy is a dishwasher.

And a call comes from Miami about the fashion show in December, with another invitation for a movie I made about how every beauty has its cancer beneath the surface, starring you, and then it’s four calls, then ten, but all I do is sing songs about the stars and moonlight.

And my cousin wants to know when I’ll get the Persian carpet out of his shop, and Bank of America wants to adjust my APR, and yes it is possible to make a horoscope app for the iPhone that asks you for your birthdate or age or last four digits of your social and spits out the same horoscope for anyone who logs in: “Watch the lines and speeds of everyday structures, because today is high probability of hitting a pedestrian, so you better brace for it by giving the people who love you plenty of treasure before noon.”

And my niece alone in the big city waiting to eat Ethiopian with me thinks she’s got the pig virus, and I stopped drinking the chai at Starbucks and lost ten pounds in two weeks, and yes I think of you often in shimmering electric pulses on my chest and fingertips, because here comes a paralysis of my heart, for which the only cure is a song, massaging the delicate parts of my brain.

Yes, I miss you and I don’t know how to tell you how or why. It’s not the intimacy. There is a shock every time I wake up to your absence. And then I’m out on the beach or under the sky or on a sidewalk and wish I could just see you once, looking over your shoulder, chewing your lip, searching for something. Looking perhaps for a piece of you that is missing, a tiny bit of consequence and conquest we both call Me.

But I’m lost in my song:


The song is robust, and wants to be played before it’s finished.

32 responses

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Sep 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (16 Sep 2009):

    Yes my vote!!

  • Heaven Man

    Heaven Man gave props (16 Sep 2009):

    Excellent!gets my vote!

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2009):

    Briliant, my vote!

  • William Bullimore

    William Bullimore gave props (16 Sep 2009):

    Excellent capture. Nicely composed. Voted.

  • j dixon

    j dixon gave props (16 Sep 2009):

    This may be the first jpg pic with a soundtrack. Well done.

  • Steve McCormick

    Steve McCormick gave props (16 Sep 2009):

    little stars....

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (16 Sep 2009):

    Welcome back. Nice shot wonderfully cropped.

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2009):

    Fantastic and voted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • conchita. del. mundo.

    conchita. del. mundo. gave props (17 Sep 2009):

    the song is the perfect accompaniment to viewing this photograph. are you going to do a video with her? are those the bracelets from the scene in the movie? or maybe another photograph with her? i remember lots of pretty silver bracelets. anyway, the song is very uniquely seanie, yet i am reminded of roy orbison and meatloaf too. love the opening and that ongoing riff. i guess this is why you were in the studio. seanie you are a jack of all trades. bravo and congratulations!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (17 Sep 2009):

    Beautiful so well done !!!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (25 Sep 2009):

    Welll.....and the song...

  • Rogerio de Freitas

    Rogerio de Freitas said (10 Oct 2009):

    Excellent! My vote!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Nov 2009):

    Ah, seanie, if only you'd upload some new pics. I always looked forward to not only the pic, but the story.

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (10 Nov 2009):

    Ditto JL thoughts from the above. Yes, this is most Excellent...

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (20 Nov 2009):

    Wow Seanie, your image is breathtaking as always, so is your poetry.

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    Seanie Blue excellent image!. I am both happy that you have felt the power of this great love and sympathetic to your starless nights without the Wolf's daughter at your side. Peace and joy in the New Year, Bro.

  • Mike Edwards

    Mike Edwards gave props (30 Dec 2009):

    So good..

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (1 Jan 2010):

    Thanks for sharing your excellent image and story!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (1 Jan 2010):

    The words take my breath away...and the image is beautiful.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (1 Jan 2010):

    Just listened to the song...very, very much emotion in the voice...and I love the scratchy quality of the voice, especially in the higher register.. You've got many, many talents, it seems!!

  • Mojca Savicki

    Mojca Savicki gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    Love it! The tones add even more nostalgia into the image. And your writing... And that song makes it complete. :-)

  • s w

    s w gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    this is outstanding! composition is perfect. love it

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (21 Jan 2010):

    I don´t know what I like better of yours, the seductive words or your exotic fotos...hmmmmm I´ll take a large portion of Seanie Blue any day of the week.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (9 Apr 2010):

    Incredible, absolutely YES!!!!!!!!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (29 Apr 2010):

    Magical as always with you SB.

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (17 May 2010):

    A perfect combination of words, photography and music at their very best, Congratulations!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (10 Jun 2010):

    wow! you are a proficient writer as well photgrapher

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (30 Aug 2010):

    Superb again!

  • Agnieszka Sulikowska

    Agnieszka Sulikowska gave props (28 Dec 2010):

    Love the picture. And the story.

  • Chris Jennings

    Chris Jennings said (21 Jan 2011):

    I see you are still posting great images and writing.

  • Monte Arnold

    Monte Arnold gave props (8 Feb 2013):

    Great shot

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