bright nights dark days

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“The way the world is made. The truth is all around you, plain to behold. The night is dark and full of terrors, the day bright and beautiful and full of hope. One is black, the other white. There is ice and there is fire. Hate and love. Bitter and sweet. Male and female. Pain and pleasure. Winter and summer. Evil and good. Death and life. Everywhere, opposites. Everywhere, the war.”    

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The way the world is made. The truth is all around you, plain to behold. The night is dark, and full of terrors, the day bright and beautiful, and full of hope. One is black, the other white. There is ice and there is fire. Hate and love. Bitter and sweet. Male and female. Pain and pleasure. Winter and summer. Evil and good. Death and life. 

                                         Everywhere, opposites. Everywhere, the war. (insp.)

this was such a nice scene!!

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“What is it you would have me see?" 

"The way the world is made. The truth is all around you, plain to behold. The night is dark and full of terrors, the day bright and beautiful and full of hope. One is black, the other white. There is ice and there is fire. Hate and love. Bitter and sweet. Male and female. Pain and pleasure. Winter and summer. Evil and good.” She took a step toward him. “Death and life. Everywhere, opposites. Everywhere, the war.

“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 

If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 

If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. 

If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.“

- Psalms 139:7-12 English Standard Version

30 Day Love Nikki Dress Up Queen Challenge
  • Day One: Spring formal outfit.
  • Day Two: Innocent and pure.
  • Day Three: Halloween costume.
  • Day Four: Sailor outfit.
  • Day Five: Lady's night
  • Day Six: White as snow.
  • Day Seven: Bright as day.
  • Day Eight: Dark as night.
  • Day Nine: Goth teen.
  • Day Ten: Compare and contrast cosplay.
  • Day Eleven: European ball.
  • Day Twelve: Traveling the world.
  • Day Thirteen: Sexy at the bar.
  • Day Fourteen: Inspiring outfit.
  • Day Fifteen: Colorful rainbow!
  • Day Sixteen: Random mess.
  • Day Seventeen: Early Halloween.
  • Day Eighteen: Fancy waitress.
  • Day Nineteen: Childish sleepover!
  • Day Twenty: Mature date.
  • Day Twenty-one: Exercise time!
  • Day Twenty-two: Picnic day.
  • Day Twenty-three: Animal love.
  • Day Twenty-four: Cosplay #2.
  • Day Twenty-five: Lazy outfit.
  • Day Twenty-six: Russian winter.
  • Day Twenty-seven: "It's just a phase, mom."
  • Day Twenty-eight: Party night!
  • Day Twenty-nine: To the zoo!
  • Day Thirty: Maid outfit.

苦しい時もあるだろう。でも一つ覚えていてほしい。
暗い夜を乗り越えると、かならず眩しい朝がくる。
だからどれだけ苦しくとも、胸を張って、頭をあげて…

I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing.
Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that.
So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up….

Tupac Shakur / トゥパック・シャクール

“'Cause I’m not afraid of the consequence
Of being in love with you
And I’d rather be alone some nights
Awaiting your full hue
For though the sun makes bright the day
My world is dark when there’s no you
You light my skies and make dark night bright day, Moon blue,..” 💙🌙

photo by  Tanya Nicolaeva  -  Moon Light

In preparation of a top five list of A Dance with Dragons chapters, I decided to revisit an old chapter, Davos III of A Storm of Swords glory and here’s a stray Melisandre observation:

“I could give you pleasure such as you have never known, and with your life-fire I could make …”

“The way the world is made. The truth is all around you, plain to behold. The night is dark and full of terrors, the day bright and beautiful and full of hope. One is black, the other white. There is ice and there is fire. Hate and love. Bitter and sweet. Male and female. Pain and pleasure. Winter and summer. Evil and good.” She took a step toward him. “Death and life. Everywhere, opposites. Everywhere, the war.”

I’ve oft-seen the latter touted out as an example of Melisandre’s binary, black-and-white thinking and, to be fair, it’s absolutely true that Melisandre herself tries to flatten and divide the world between R’hllor’s instruments and the Great Other’s minions. Context matters, though, from her POV chapter, she appears to be a former slave, having been rescued out of that life of destitution from the red priests, and granted seer abilities from R’hllor itself.

But there’s also an interesting question about how Melisandre divvies the two sexes and some possible social commentary into magic and slavery behind it.

Both Westeros and a decent chunk of Essos have systems installed to commit atrocities to and restrict female bodily autonomy. And slavery for girls and women is far worse, either by outright exploiting their sex through sexual violence or churning and breeding them into more casual commodities for the sake of men in charge, at the head of patriarchal systems. Hell, Lys and its pleasure gardens and its pillow houses have normalized sex slavery.

In the eyes of Essos’ slavery institution, people (and especially women) are meat to gain sexual gratification (”pleasure”, if you will) from with impunity. So it makes a dispiriting amount of sense that Melisandre has internalized her binary black-and-white thinking to ascribe all these negative connotations to the male sex. That danger to her own person was “the first thing she had learned to see” when she was a slave child with the red priests long ago.

Add in the decent possibility that she may have been involved in sexual matters as a slave child, given the red priests having “temple prostitutes” (mentioned in A Dance with Dragons’ Tyrion VII) and there’s an interesting layer that magic works for Melisandre: as a tool to fend off mundane horrors. Yes, she’s using it to challenge and strike against the Great Other in the grand war between it and R’hllor like a good high fantasy wizard, but it’s still grounded in physical horror. 

Magic allowed her the opportunity to flourish and rise above her slave status long ago, fashion an identity of effortless power through a new name and spells of shadow and suggestion, and settle by the shoulder of a king to secure the resources and soldiers to fend off the Long Night. However, despite those accomplishments, she still fears the atrocities humanity can commit onto her. Because she’s likely seen them done to other slaves, to other women. 

Because when you’re a woman who has magical future-seeing powers who’s likely seen sexual violence and may or may not have been a temple prostitute, you take full advantage of your magic and protect yourself from all horrors.

My first read through ASoIaF, I sided with both Cressen and Davos, both males, for wanting to cause pain to and assassinate Melisandre because I was buying into the Evil Witch trope with aplomb.

My re-read through, all I can think of is Melony and how much she likely thought the fire and magic as shields against the darkness and just want to ask Melisandre this:

What happened to you?

What the hell happened to you…?

“But you two are so different.”
Yes, he is as bright as day
and I am as dark as night.

But if your statement
is referring to your inability
to understand our compatibility,
then I fear you have misunderstood
the groundings of a relationship.

For a relationship is not
two peoples agreement
with the entire world
and all of its happenings.

It is not how easily
a place to eat can be chosen
or a playlist on a car ride
may be constructed.

It is this constant juxtaposition,
two opposing forces,
that push and pull at each other
forcing a new perspective.

It is compromise
and sacrifice
and the willingness to understand
that people are different from you.

It is a beautiful thing
to learn from another,
find new pleasures
and new loves.

So I implore you,
find someone different from you,
find someone you would never imagine
getting along with.

You will be surprised
by how good it feels
to escape your comfort zone.

—  TÅW

anonymous asked:

i was looking for a fic where the space squad comes down and madi tries to guess their names as she see them, and she immediately recognizes bellamy because of his freckles, and i think in a part clarke asks echo if her and bellamy got together or something (sorry for my bad english)

In the Darkness of My Night, In the Brightness of My Day

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I can really see the potential benefits of the new Directional Ambient effect, but it’s going to take a TON of work to get dialed in so that I’m not veering between days being overly bright and sunsets/nights being overly dark.

When we touch
We combust
As if Vesuvius
Were to erupt
Like the stars
In the sky,
Bright as day,
Dark as night
Your galaxies
Pour out light
Pulling me in,
Holding me tight,
As I orbit around
Your solar system
Belts of stars,
And constellations
Time will freeze
Then continue
You are my universe
I’ll explore space with you
—  J. DeLissio, day 153, “the universe within us”