[aloha-donblanding] Re: No Subject
I must admit I've been more than just a little pensive since reading
Gerry's very candid account of his family's connection to DB. I guess that
deep down inside me I still carry some of those prejudices that were so
widely accepted when and where I was growing up.
That being said, I have evolved enough to accept that any man's, (or
woman's) lifestyle does not in anyway diminish his/her contribution to the
world, no matter in what area they made their mark. One of my boyhood heros
was Hank Williams Sr., whose lifestyle brought him to a very early grave.
But to stick to DB, and your comment about his love for Dorthy, I agree
with you. I'm sure his love for her was genuine. But that does not preclude
the possibility that his love for Scotty was also.
You asked for comments.....those are mine.
- Thanks Bill,
DB's words to Dorothy were at the beginning of the book and probable are
his feelings at the beginning of the life together. We have heard from 2
sides that this all changed with time......as do many things. You are
right, whatever else went on in DB's life, his words and art continue to
touch us all.
- from tj, does this conversation take us back to DB's poem, The Double Life.
Seems to be present in all of DB's social engagements. Whatever DB was, he
was, it doesn't detract from his art, his work, his existence, it was just
him as a person perhaps struggling with the ever present question we all
struggle with, "Who the hell am I"? Where do I belong? Do I or should I
have some roots, a place of safety for myself? I think that DB's personal
life is so difficult to unravel because of his personal secrets, things that
in his day were not socially acceptable, he struggled with. tj
- I agree with tj and I agree with Bev too.
I wanted DB and his talents to be some genius, a supernatural sensitivy
that surpassed ordinary man. And darn it, the more we learn about him
the more human he becomes! I see a man emerging that was vulnerable,
subject to hurt, pain, and human weakness.
All you have to do is read one, any one, of his poems and see a man
that had an incredible ability to love. He loved friends, family,
mother, trees, flowers, earth, water, rain, wind, even dust and smoke,
etc, etc, etc. He could become one with any part of life on earth..
And make you see the beauty of it too!
There is no doubt he shared and felt deep love for Dorthy and probably
other women too. (Some of the richest kind of love isn't physical.) So
big deal if he loved (a man) men? Love is love, and from what I've
seen, there ain't enough in this world!
When it all washes out his talents are still genius, the supernatural
occurrence that surpass the ordinary man.
Thanks Jerry for your enlightenment, it may have shocked a few of us,
but oh well, BIG DEAL?
Mary in Florida "ys"
- Bob Putnam,
Just finished Whistled Like A Bird....how are you related to Dorothy? I
don't remember reading your name in it.
What year was DB mayor of FT. Pierce and for how long?
Do you know what has happened to the Putnam house ...Rocknoll..in
Rye,N.Y.? Do the Putnam's still own it and is the guest room on the first
floor still painted the way DB did it many years ago?
How are you related to Sally Putnam Chapman, and have you been to
Immokolee, Ft. Pierce, where she now lives. If so, are DB's paintings still
there that he did on the paneled doors in 1930. Or are those doors under
the garage in the storage place where Sally found Dorothy's old kitchen
Are all of DB's Ft. Pierce friends gone now or do people still remember
him there.....other than the Putnam's?