Saturday, February 28, 2009


The closing scene of the film "Dr. Zhivago" is one of the saddest scenes in movie history. Dr. Zhivago's brother is talking to the poet's daughter, Tanya, who never knew her famous father, about her mother: She became "a nameless number that was afterwards misplaced and soon forgotten."

Forgotten. Soon forgotten. The last line is more hopeful. As Tanya leaves the huge dam where they work, her boyfriend shouts how good she is with the balalaika. A balalaika her father gave her mother before she was born is on her shoulder. Dr. Zhivago's brother says, "she has the gift."

Poetry is a gift, as is music. These God gives us to KEEP US FROM FEELING "FORGOTTEN."not feel "forgotten."


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