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Sid Harrison September 2010
The movie title Sweet Bird Of Youth
immediately came to mind when I saw this picture of some unknown CUTLASS
crewmembers in their mess. (NOTE: The movie was based
upon a story by Tennessee Williams and starred Paul Newman.) The
movie had zip to do with Submarines... but the title: ah! - thats
I never served in CUTLASS and didn't
know anyone who did. But that is irrelevant. The image of young submariners
captured in a photograph; looking into a lens extending into an unknown
future --- captured in that forgotten moment. What did they do the rest
of that day? - and the next - and the next - and so on - and how did their
lives turn out? That thought and that image from their
past simply froze me. On
the boats... any one of us could have easily fit into that picture.
As I approach my mid seventies images
like this always seem to naturally conjure up many memories of a long ago
youth and my shipmates.
After reading a movie review on the
net, and looking at the photo, a couple of lines from the review seem to
title of the play was "The Enemy, Time," which essentially means the same
thing as "Sweet Bird of Youth." "Sweet bird" suggests
that, almost before we know it, youth flies away. Youth is sweet and has
a buoyant quality, while the enemy, time, is what makes the sweet bird
A relevant bonus link: The
End of the Road by Bob Harrison
|One more thing:
Posted Feb. 2016
Just a follow on thought about time.
Back then when I was a young Submariner there were many songs I enjoyed.
But for some reason the one that seems to fit with the flight of the Sweet
Bird of Youth is from the WWII era.
In fact it fits so well when I remember
those days that it's nearly impossible to listen without getting a little
misty eyed as I reflect upon all those moments in time.
It is a famous Glen Miller song that
I'm sure most anyone alive in America has heard at one time or another.
Moonlight Serenade http://retrospect.sid-hill.us/my_navydays/moonlite.mid