Shawn Mahaney

Last Updated: 3/18/2009

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Gender: Male
Status: Single
Age: 37
Sign: Cancer

State: South Carolina
Country: US
Signup Date: 5/22/2005

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Thursday, February 19, 2009 

Current mood:  romantic
Category: Life

Having recently had reason to consider the subject of romantic relationships*, I’m drawn back to an essay I’ve sketched several times and never finished.  Consider this piece an outline of that essay.

Fly with me - forever higher
And with these wings,
We'll Set the World on Fire  

The most famous romantic story must be that of Romeo and Juliet.  For them to be together it would almost certainly destroy one or both of their families.  In the end, all was lost – but for their love that could never be lost or betrayed – an ending without potential flaw.

Through twilight, I fall
Headlong flaming - I curse you all
There's no turning back
Falling deep into the sweet collapsing black

Think now of the oldest story, that of Helen and Paris, who’s love would pit a united Greek nation against the lady’s walled city.  They persisted despite the near certainty of her entire people being wiped off the map – their home sacked, their men slaughtered, and their women enslaved to faraway lands.

Take my hand - divine or damned
Make a stand, seize the day
Yours or mine, damned of divine
Draw the line, come what may...

So much for the classic take on this subject.  My true favorite love story is very modern.  You may have not heard this edition of the theme – it comes from a concept album from the band Symphony X.  In Paradise Lost a universe in eternal conflict is revealed to the listener.  The dark forces are raging, driving once again to overrun the eternal protectors, the forces of light.  The battle has been fought innumerable times before, though the lines have barely ever moved.  But this time, a betrayal will tip the balance.  To be together with his muse a young angel will abandon his post, and betray his masters so that they will not be separated again.

All that is goodness and light in the universe will be lost, hope and despair will become one, and the rampaging horde will never be stopped,

so that one pair can find love together.  

Yeah, I’m ok with that too.

Taste the venom - feel the power
Coursing through my veins

I'm corruption
I'm destruction, through and through

Trust in me... for I will set you free
With a Serpent's Kiss

[* For those playing the at-home game, this opening remark has generated seven (7) curious head cocks and three (3) wry knowing smiles.  Check your score sheets against these stats.]

Currently listening:
Immortal Beloved (Soundtrack)
Release date: 1995-07-18

all is fair in love and war....nothing like a little death and destruction to prove your love to someone....it's just sooo romantical.....
Posted by tina on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 7:40 AM
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So you think it better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all?..

I believe Captain Kirk would take issue with that.

Posted by aed on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 12:11 PM
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Shawn Mahaney

No no no... it's everyone else that loses!
There's no more flawless beauty than perfect desolation.

Posted by HVY MTL on Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 12:21 PM
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