Friday, April 9, 2010

The Buried Life

Okay so I just recently heard about this show called "The Buried Life". I know I'm behind in the times since the show has now been on MTV for about three months now. Why am I just now interested in this? Well I saw them on Oprah...Yes, I am an Oprah fan and watch her, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz on a regular basis. Some would call this a sad life but I've really got nothing else better to do while I clean house, pay bills and search for a photography or teaching job.

As I said, they were on Oprah today (though I have to admit the fact that Kenny Chesney - one of the HOTTEST and most talented men in country music was there as well was a bonus) this is what really caught my attention.

This isn't the video I wanted to show but I'll try to include it somewhere when I can find a copy of it on instead of on Oprah's website where she doesn't allow sharing of her videos (shame, Oprah, shame)! But you can watch her video by going HERE! YAY!

They said the reason they chose the buried life was because of a poem and though I know for a blog to be effective it's supposed to be short but I think for the reason that not many people are going to be reading this (hopefully some of my friends from Facebook, but we'll see how many people actually come here so I want comments woot! Anyway, before I start chasing rabbits as my old youth pastor used to say let me share this marvelous poem.

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

The Buried Life

Light flows our war of mocking words, and yet,
Behold, with tears mine eyes are wet!
I feel a nameless sadness o'er me roll.
Yes, yes, we know that we can jest,
We know, we know that we can smile!
But there's a something in this breast,
To which thy light words bring no rest,
And thy gay smiles no anodyne.
Give me thy hand, and hush awhile,
And turn those limpid eyes on mine,
And let me read there, love! thy inmost soul.

Alas! is even love too weak
To unlock the heart, and let it speak?
Are even lovers powerless to reveal
To one another what indeed they feel?
I know the mass of men conceal'd
Their thoughts, for fear that if reveal'd
They would by other men be met
With blank indifference, or with blame reproved;
I knew they lived and moved
Trick'd in disguises, alien to the rest
Of men, and alien to themselves--and yet
The same heart beats in every human breast!

But we, my love!--doth a like spell benumb
Our hearts, our voices?--must we too be dumb?

Ah! well for us, if even we,
Even for a moment, can get free
Our heart, and have our lips unchain'd;
For that which seals them hath been deep-ordain'd!

Fate, which foresaw
How frivolous a baby man would be--
By what distractions he would be possess'd,
How he would pour himself in every strife,
And well-nigh change his own identity--
That it might keep from his capricious play
His genuine self, and force him to obey
Even in his own despite his being's law,
Bade through the deep recesses of our breast
The unregarded river of our life
Pursue with indiscernible flow its way;
And that we should not see
The buried stream, and seem to be
Eddying at large in blind uncertainty,
Though driving on with it eternally.

But often, in the world's most crowded streets,
But often, in the din of strife,
There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life;

A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;
A longing to inquire
Into the mystery of this heart which beats
So wild, so deep in us--to know
Whence our lives come and where they go.
And many a man in his own breast then delves,
But deep enough, alas! none ever mines.
And we have been on many thousand lines,
And we have shown, on each, spirit and power;
But hardly have we, for one little hour,
Been on our own line, have we been ourselves--
Hardly had skill to utter one of all
The nameless feelings that course through our breast,
But they course on for ever unexpress'd.
And long we try in vain to speak and act
Our hidden self, and what we say and do
Is eloquent, is well--but 'tis not true!
And then we will no more be rack'd
With inward striving, and demand
Of all the thousand nothings of the hour
Their stupefying power;
Ah yes, and they benumb us at our call!
Yet still, from time to time, vague and forlorn,
From the soul's subterranean depth upborne
As from an infinitely distant land,
Come airs, and floating echoes, and convey
A melancholy into all our day.
Only--but this is rare--
When a beloved hand is laid in ours,
When, jaded with the rush and glare
Of the interminable hours,
Our eyes can in another's eyes read clear,
When our world-deafen'd ear
Is by the tones of a loved voice caress'd--
A bolt is shot back somewhere in our breast,
And a lost pulse of feeling stirs again.
The eye sinks inward, and the heart lies plain,
And what we mean, we say, and what we would, we know.
A man becomes aware of his life's flow,
And hears its winding murmur; and he sees
The meadows where it glides, the sun, the breeze.

And there arrives a lull in the hot race
Wherein he doth for ever chase
That flying and elusive shadow, rest.
An air of coolness plays upon his face,
And an unwanted calm pervades his breast.
And then he thinks he knows
The hills where his life rose,
And the sea where it goes.

The reason they named the show, after those four lines, is in bold. My job until the next time I write is to come up with 100 things that I want to do before I die. I'm off to a pretty good start as I already have about ten in my head that I plan on writing down soon.

Take care everyone and enjoy! I hope you have a blessed weekend!