Week 252 // The Tithe We Pay to Time

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Very Very soon you know
Right now will be long long ago
And as we grasp the pace of time
Recollection’s first to go
But if you dare to look behind
Look not on that which rent you low

‘Cause all of us were bleeding then
And each is sure to howl again
And all will test their faith in time
And and each will see their patience bend
So if you’re seeking peace of mind
Look only to your nearest friend

And everything is quiet now
And everything is simple now
See, fear’s the tithe we pay to time
And we’re still breathing anyhow
Remember when you look behind
You don’t get up by looking down

Notes
This week’s entry was written for a good friend going through a hard hard time. I’ll spare you any real details, because it is not my business here to compromise a friend’s anonymity. I’ll just say that from time to time, difficult things transpire in all of our lives. We face them, and we make decisions, both good and bad. We adjust our expectations of the future as we assimilate new information into our past. We keep going, and the hardship recedes. New trials emerge, and often new triumphs buttress them. That’s the way it is to be alive. This song is about resilience. It is about learning to live with fear — the most future oriented emotion this side of hope — by defusing the power that the past holds over us. The song is short, but it feels full. It is simple, because it is seeking to simplify a thing that only seems complicated.

~M.E.

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