"Pongáio" was the name my Aunt Mona gave to a long, green, cool room where we gathered at her home —
replete with comfy chairs, a rocker, sewing machine, sewing goods, beautiful beads, shelves, books, bibelots, photographs, odds'n'ends, mementos of a life, treasures —
a gathering of all the useful & 'useless' things that so make life a pleasure.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tears in the Rain

I've loved science fiction since a teenager.
When the Blade Runner movie, based on Philip K. Dick's 1968 "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", came out, I recognized that world from so many alternate futures I'd come across.
One scene in its touching, longing, beauty became part of my emotional make-up.

Aptly expressing the human condition, to which the android Roy Batty most ardently desired —and, in my view, in the end achieved it with this soliloquy— is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking moments in cinema...

 "Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it?
  That's what it is to be a slave."

 "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe...
  Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
  I watched C-beams...
        glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
 All those...  moments
       will be lost...  in Time,
       like...  tears...  in the rain.

 Time...  to die."
                                              — "... The final form of the speech was improvised by Rutger Hauer, the actor who delivers it." from

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