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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Blowing Kisses to My Archetypes

Let’s get something straight. I do wear fruit on my head every single day, and except for the occasional tickle of a grape on my ear or a rotting banana, I’m good to go.

So, rolling around essences in my head brought me to archetypes. (Hey, stop squirming. Pay attention!) You know, archetypes. Idealized personas to be emulated. Like Greek gods and fictional characters and Hollywood stars when stars were stars.

For me, archetypes usually have qualities that I need to absorb (think really good paper towel).

My first kiss flies to Carmen Miranda, God rest her soul, that glamorous spitfire from the 1940s. Who wouldn’t want to be like her? Everywhere she went people smiled. What’s not to smile at when a woman walks up with fruit on her head?

My second kiss sails to an actual person who has the misfortune of being an archetype for me. I’m sure it sucks to be someone’s archetype, so I won’t name the poor soul, but he has risen to archetypal status for being profoundly creative and free in his youth. Picture a guy at the top of a hill. Somersaulting backwards. Picture an insightful lyricist and guitar player who lost track of himself sometimes. (OK, drugs may have been involved. I don't really know.) I have imbued him in his youth with special powers and remain in his sway.

Not all archetypes hold their own through life. So here’s my love letter to archetype number two.

Dear Beloved Archetype,

Back in the day, you were an amazing man (although a little femmy...but sexy as all bejeebers). Sensuous and free. It’s too bad you became cracked, lost and depressed, and your fear of failure paralyzed your tremendous unbounded creativity. Sorry you’ve went underground, hiding and silent. It pisses me off that someone with so much talent isn't sharing it.

Love always,



Blogger QT said...

Love your archetypes and your letter. I had to think about this for awhile, but someone like Audrey Hepburn comes to mind- quietly elegant, compassionate, a humanitarian. It is hard for me to imagine her saying anything mean. That is someone I need to emulate!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow. Writing a letter to an old archetype. That's powerful stuff to let go.

I once wrote a letter to my 'romantic ideal', to ask his forgiveness for falling in love with a real person.

7:31 PM  
Blogger OhTheJoys said...

Boy George where ARE you???

(Kidding! Kidding!)

7:31 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

qt: Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of grace and elegance.

nd: I love the idea of writing a romantic ideal! Why does it always have to come down to real people anyway?

oh: I love this comment. I'm still cracking up!

7:36 PM  
Blogger meno said...

It looks like your archetype followed "the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based" a little too closely.


It couldn't be Boy George because you said "a little femmy."

8:32 PM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

Audrey Hepburn! No doubt! She is so beautifully elegant! Unfortunately, she can't be my archetype. I'd have to lose 100 pounds and grow several inches. :)

Yet at the same time, she has a quiet humility that's very appealing.

Loved the letter. What you described is what happens to so many sensitive people who are finally beaten down by .. just beaten down by circumstances.



8:34 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

meno: Yeah, it is sad.

chani: I think he is a gentle soul, and, yes, he may have been beaten down. I never gave him that much credit though, and have always thought it was a choice. Thank you for giving me an alternate, more generous way to see him.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Lucia, you are such a wonderfully witty writer. And what a touching closing to this. Hugs to you for that.

I loved Carmen Miranda. She was always smiling. And, hence, so was I.

10:19 AM  
Blogger karmic said...

Loved your letter to archetype 2.

11:08 AM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

It probably was a choice so you were right. The real issue is the information or experience he had with which to make the choice.

It would be interesting to know more about him.




1:17 PM  

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