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but above all
—dance

Traveling Hopefully

"Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."

-Arundhati Roy


Saturday, September 12, 2009

I would have stayed up with you all night...

I used to know how to talk to people. Can I let myself go back there? It's a struggle to forgive. Maybe just a process to undo. Unraveling layers of protection. Warrior or medic? I have been all medic with no warrior and all warrior with no medic. How much is the right amount of each? How do I manage to get right down inside people, sit down next to their innocence, and yet keep their brutality far enough away from me? I am on my way. When I get there, it'll be like coming home.



Step one you say we need to talk
He walks you say sit down it's just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
You begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Let him know that you know best
Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you've told him all along
And pray to God he hears you
And pray to God he hears you

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

As he begins to raise his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you'll begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life
How to save a life
How to save a life

2 comments:

  1. I should have a look for comments more often, Mike. I hadn't seen that you'd been here before you posted on Facebook.

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