To celebrate our one-hundredth edition of Paris Play, we've created our third Surrealist Café, our virtual gathering place where readers/friends contribute, and we curate.
Last week, we asked you to fill in the blank: Before I die I want to ______________.
This week, your heartfelt, soul-deep replies; we tried to honor them each with the best illustration that we could create.
Thank you, everyone who played. You make our lives so much richer with your depth, and your willingness to participate in community. When we first arrived in Paris, we worried about isolation from our loved ones. Hah! Not a chance.
May all your dreams come true before you die.
Kaaren and Richard
Ted Tokio Tanaka
Before I die I want to feel comfort to move on to after life.
Before I die, I want to tie the ribbon on my life (or come full circle) by signing all of the paintings of my youth and selecting all of the best photos I’ve taken over the years; thereby leaving my small visual mark on the world as my most satisfying accomplishment!
Before I die I want to marry someone rich to take care of me.
Before I die I want to see God, preferably in Italy.
Before I die I want to welcome more grandchildren into our family.
Before I die I want to be ready, as in Hamlet's saying, "All is readiness."
Before I die I want to see my beloved sisters Kaaren and Jane in the flesh many more times.
Before I die I want to be free to trust in love.
Before I die, I want to know that I've lived completely.
Before I die, I want to explore Scandinavia and New Zealand.
Before I die I want to go on an African photo safari.
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
Before I die, I would like to have a poem that I have written acknowledged for its timeless perfection and, as its composer, be recognized in the history of our time as a Poet.
Before I die I'd like to develop a green thumb, if that's possible, and grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs to share with friends and loved ones.
Before I die, I want to love as I've never loved before with every cell of my being until I turn back into stardust.
Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
Before I die, I want to breathe eternity's air, die before I die in the sweetest sense, and swim in its light.
Before I die, I want to hold my great-grandchild.
Before I die, I'd just like to host a fantastic party for loved ones and friends, especially those I haven't seen in years, with a live band (my son-in-law Jeff being the leader, of course) and the best caterer money could buy, in a natural setting or a beautiful winery, and I'd want it to go on for a whole day and evening just like in the old movies.
Before I die, I want to achieve great joy, success and mastery in a creative realm.
Before I die I want to know I made a difference.
Before I die I want to stop working and travel.
Before I die I want to whirl like a dervish on the razor's edge, entranced yet all the while fully awake.
Before I die I want to get my novel published.
Before I die, I want to know that my daughter is and will be strong, independent, happy, loyal, charismatic, loving, and an all-around good person.
Before I die, I want to bring my work before folks on line and clean out my basement so my daughter doesn't have to do it then.
Before I die, I want to...document every last piece of urban art in Paris.
Before I die, I want to go surfing as much as I did as a kid, or at least as much as my son does now!
Before I die, I want to have my book published.
Before I die I want to grow very, very old slowly; to pass through my days like an outward-bound trip, seeing the new every moment.
Before I die, I want to walk as I used to, or I want to walk well.
Before I die, I want to finish and publish my work.
Before I die I want to spend an afternoon with the Loch Ness Monster.
Before I die, I want to see a smart, soulful, progressive woman in the White House (as President, not First Lady; we thankfully already have the latter).
Before I die I want to bring forth what is in me,
to transpose vision and memory
into literary works of art.
Before I die, I want to do…nothing! I've done it all!