Washington Square Park X This Bitter Earth

Listening to Dinah Washington’s This Bitter Earth while taking a walk through Washington Square Park at dawn is an existential experience. As Washington’s husky voice fills the crevices of my mind, the despair that oozes out of every word leaves me trembling:

This bitter earth
Well, what fruit it bears

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This bitter earth

And if my life is like the dust
That hides the glow of a rose
What good am I?
Heaven only knows


This bitter earth
Can it be so cold?


Today you are young 

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Too soon you are old


But while a voice
Within me cries
I’m sure someone
May answer my call


And this bitter earth
May not be so bitter after all



Music: Dinah Washington / Max Richter – This Bitter Earth / On The Nature Of Daylight

Photography: Yours truly

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