Father, what have we done? We made black feel too black. We made pale feel too red-headed. We made the bright feel psychotic. We made the motivated feel like a disorder. We made them all feel outside of your love.
There will always be somewhere you’ve never been.
I’ve said this many times over the past year: When I look around, I see no one who is content. While I do believe this, perhaps it would be better to focus on people who are fighting for contentment. People who are trying for peace. Maybe it is not reaching complete fulfillment, but attempting everyday to get there.
It’s so American it hurts your teeth
So laid back but without the beach
So 1950s that Elvis ain’t dead
So Midwest see the back your head
The blues are not my own
I borrowed them
Ok, I stole
That’s what music is,
Cover up the parts
that everyone knows
and make them
When a new music is born
So savage and violent
like guerilla warfare –
I love it
Slow it way down
until you can’t recognize
anything from the original
No music is inherently anyone’s –
It belongs to whoever conquered it
And left their flag on top
(Bitterly) I’m only halfway up
the insufferable mountain
I dropped my sword an hour ago
Hand to hand
Fist to fist
Till I’m dead
Till we’re all dead
Conflict is as human
as the blues
That’s why I love it
That’s why I stole it
When I sing, you can’t even tell
Tall trees hold the suspended light
Dark branches, brown and bending
Who knew light could be so heavy?
That light could be bound in a glass jar?
With light, there is always shadow
Sometimes I forget that
Is the light surrounded by it?
Or is the light where the shadow cannot exist?
* * * *
A grove of trees hold all the suspended lights. The branches are dark brown against it all and bend trying to support the added weight, which they do with no small amount of grace. I never knew light could be so heavy to pull down the branches of a hundred year old oak tree. I never thought about what it means to bottle it up like that – like water.
I’m noticing again that light always comes with shadow. Sometimes I forget that. It would be cliche to mention at this point things like right and wrong and good and evil – it’s not like that. The night is no more sinister than the day, we made that up to keep children from climbing out of their beds.
The light steps into the shadow and forces it to bend like the branches – pushing it away from itself. This is also an issue of cause and effect. The light came first so, the dark knows something of honor.