Behind the pointed tips of prosthetic ears,
Lies the deafening roar of a man’s ambition,
Tapered by his resfeber colored green,
Like the fake blood he bleeds on screen.
A sun-kissed vision of our higher selves,
Is reflected in words spoken sans sentiment.
While the shin becomes an unknowing blessing,
millions yearn for unity in knowledge.
In skies imagined beyond our years,
Sleeps an old planet we don’t know exists.
And in the throes of its rumbling core,
We knit stories of morality and logic.
To purge the being of desire and pain,
To shed away layers of greed and love,
To hurt and weep in lost control,
Playing a different part in front of each curtain.
And then to be one among stars,
Filling young eyes with brilliant images,
Of galaxies and suns and vast empty space,
An anchorless silence filled with truths unearthed
Singing songs of hope, with an acoustic guitar,
Retelling a prophecy’s haunting account,
Of our world as seen from a window in the future.
It took him 16 years of uncertainty, forgettable roles, and estrangement from his father, to become the metaphorical voice of reason on the revolutionary sci-fi show, Star Trek. While the world went numb with the chill of the Cold War, this program took it upon itself to show us the future we could have, if we could work through our differences.
Leonard Nimoy played the iconic role of Mr. Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series and in six Star Trek movies. He was a remarkable man, and much of Spock’s character is a reflection of Nimoy’s perspective on his own personhood. From his calm rationality to his objective morality, many of the ideals that Spock holds sacred, come from Nimoy’s own ethical framework.
However, there was much more to the man than just the iconic Vulcan. He was a deeply passionate individual, a very dedicated method actor, and an extremely upright person who wasn’t afraid to talk about issues that were dear to him, be it the extinction of humpback whales or the political mess that is Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
Nimoy was also a gifted author, poet, photographer, and singer. He experimented with multiple art forms and told a variety of stories in formats tailored exclusively for them. His skill as a director can be seen in the aww-inspiring movie Three Men and a Baby. He also wrote and published multiple volumes of poetry, and books that dealt with deeply metaphysical themes through fiction. While his photographs threw the hypocrisies of modern society into sharp relief, his deep bass voice recreated old country numbers with a fresh, warm spin on them.
And all through this, his body of work reflected the growth he experienced as an artist and as a human being.
Leonard Nimoy is a legend. He passed away two years ago on Feb 26, 2015. Today is the day he was born on, 86 years ago. This is my little tribute to him. To the wonderful man who taught us to love the pursuit of science, because the universe is open to all of us in its wondrous limitlessness.
Here is a link to images from Nimoy’s life, set to his rendition of Johnny Cash’s famous song ‘I walk the line.’ Rare images from the real life of Mr. Spock
I have known despair
I value hope
I have tasted frustration
I value fulfillment
I have been lonely
I value love
— Leonard Nimoy (From A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life)