Friday, March 16, 2007

Eyes wide open


A couple days ago, Pooh and I had a conversation that brought back memories of my past. Memories that I perhaps might divulge in a future post.

We were on our way to have lunch when the song Hyper Ballad by Bjork played on Pooh's Ipod. There was one part of the song that held my interest...

"It's real early morning
No-one is awake
I'm back at my cliff
Still throwing things off
I listen to the sounds they make
On their way down
I follow with my eyes 'til they crash
Imagine what my body would sound like
Slamming against those rocks
When it lands
Will my eyes
Be closed or open?"

Pooh: That's a pretty crazy image...falling off a cliff and slamming against the rocks below...I don't know if I'd have my eyes open or closed. It's pretty scary to think about.
Tiggah: I dont know either...It's a crazy thought of what must go on in someone's head before they fall to their death. Would you want to keep your eyes open and watch your fate before your eyes? Or would you close your eyes, and try to recall every precious moment of your life that you can before you die?
Pooh: And in the end does it even matter?

the conversation continued...then soon ended as we arrived at our destination, but the subject still lingers in my mind. There was a dark period in my past where similar thoughts would trouble me, of course, I'm much more optomistic these days. I've found life to be truly a precious thing...why throw it away? I don't know if I'd be able to answer. As for whether my eyes would be open or closed...perhaps maybe it's something one can only know when it happens.

When faced with the horrible yet inevitable reality that is death...would your eyes be open? Or would they be closed?

You don't have to answer, but I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Bjork - Hyper Ballad

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

id probably wear my contact lenses so i can open my eyes and see what's gonna happen!

but then again ... if i open my eyes my contact lenses might fly off and i wont be able to see ...

hmmmm this is a chicken-and-egg situation...

final verdict: apply mascarra, wear falls eyelashes and then close my eyes. i'd look fabuloush when i hit rock bottom! ha ha ha!

anton maton!

AJ said...

Eyes wide open. I'd open my eyes and look at the beauty of the cliff. If someone pushed me to the edge of the cliff so I'd die, I'll look back at him/her with knowing eyes and a smile.

There probably is a reason for this kind of death, if it indeed results in death. I won't look back at the life I've lived. It will only make me want to live some more. If it's time, then I have to go.

Open or closed eyes, it doesn't really matter to me. I'm not afraid to die. I can die anytime. :)

Simon said...

Eyes Wide Open. I want to see it, that final glimpse where everything flashes back (as what they say) I remeber back in college I wrote a poem with a similar premise... when death comes, I'll welcome it. some of us are too tired living, that same goes for me... negative but true... Its like waiting at a train station, when the train arrives and you hop in, there's no sense of lingering but just go on...

chino said...

i would close my eyes. coz that's the time when i have to reflect on my life and the things that have happened to me as I wait for my body to become impaled by the jagged peaks of the rocks. the reason behind such an action is pain and suffering, i would suppose.. so why end it all with those thoughts? i'd like to leave this world with happy thoughts, or at least trying to have happy thoughts.

I used to do some nasty stuff back 2 or 3 yrs ago. contemplated a lot of these stuff. good thing people came to the rescue..


BJORK IS NASTY!! lol

cinnamon said...

close first, i will remember the past things and people i love. then i would open my eyes and face the fact that I'm gonna die.

David said...

my eyes would probably be closed.. since i'm afraid of heights..

Bjork's songs are always so vivid and raw.. that's what i like about her music..

and i just want to ask how and why you studied(/are studying) Japanese??

PuRoY said...

wide open, no other way to do it, i want to see where my life goes and I'm not missing the end of it.

josh said...

konbanwa! You know what, i had also this lingering thoughts of what happen if i die, or to paraphrase it,will my memory or awareness be with me when i die? or is that what you call as soul? this usually happens when i am about to fall asleep and thinking that if i dont wake up the next morning, what will i remember? So my answer will be with closed eyes if ever i fall frm a cliff. I would like the feel of gushing wind as if im flying...

brian said...

eyes open...i think that if i were ever able to get myself to jump off a cliff i would want to see it through to the end...

it's so weird... i actually just discovered this song myself about a week ago when i bought a compilation dvd of the works of michel gondry, the director of the video for this song... and now i'm just about in love with bjork and her music... and then it just so happened to pop up on here too...

fuchsiaboy said...

eyes open. will bask in the moment of death and relish the point of dying, where color fades into black, where pain becomes dull and you are finally assured of total rest. I will savor my senses, the taste of blood in my mouth, the image of the blue sky, the last sweet gasp of breath. i will move on to the next life with a smile on my face.

cornflakeboy said...

thats so cool... pooh is into bjork? i like the POST album especially the ARMY OF ME song