23 aprile 2011
Like This by Etat Libre d'Orange (2011)
how the perfect satisfaction
of all our sexual wanting will look,
lift your face
When someone mentions the gracefulness
of the nightsky, climb up on the roof
and dance and say,
If anyone wants to know what "spirit" is,
or what "God’s fragrance" means,
lean your head toward him or her.
Keep your face there close.
When someone quotes the old poetic image
about clouds gradually uncovering the moon,
slowly loosen knot by knot the strings
of your robe.
If anyone wonders how Jesus raised the dead,
don’t try to explain the miracle.
Kiss me on the lips.Like this.
When someone asks what it means
to "die for love," point here.
If someone asks how tall I am, frown
and measure with your fingers the space
between the creases on your forehead.
The soul sometimes leaves the body, the returns.
When someone doesn’t believe that,
walk back into my house.
When lovers moan,
they’re telling our story.
I must admit it: I love Tilda Swinton. I find her an amazing actress, unpredictable, exciting, and above all really beautiful. Her presence in a movie is enough to make me see it. So you’ll understand that when -more than a year ago- Etienne de Swardt, CEO of Etat Libre d'Orange, told me that this new addition was being worked together with Tilda, my expectations grew immediately high.
All the notes are perceived distinctly in a perfect blend of round and prickly sensations, roughness and softness, sensuality and harshness. Unusual, "strange" in a way that I’m not sure to be able to explain, Like This is a fragrance you need to wear to get a full idea, because it gives the best on skin. And in fact the strongest feeling when wearing it is related to light: pure transparent crystal glass, crossed by a ray of golden light. Simple to an almost ascetic level, it features a relevance that captured me immediately, a very strong intention (“intenzione”). It’s the proof that sometimes you don’t need words to be roaring to be heard, it’s enough if you are present here and now, and tell plainly your own truth. And Tilda definitely is there.
"Like This" is the title of the poem by Rumi (Sufi mystic and poet of the Middle Ages), which I put a piece above. It's Tilda’s favorite, and I believe it speaks about that feeling of, simply, "being", that is, holding the whole world's possibilities inside.
Tilda's Pic: from the web