Week 29: A Gathering Of Friends

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Jesse Mitchell Lindsey
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I made my way back home
I left my friends behind
I thought of all the ways
It’s hard to say goodbye
Taking little pieces with you on the drive

She danced to bid farewell
In the language of her home
By the ocean in the sun
For the people she has known
And our hearts were spilling over to the bone

And the lives that we lead these days
Do conspire to keep dearest friends away
And we’d meet in better circumstances

Perhaps when next we meet again
We’ll toast the wedding of a friend
Perhaps new life will prompt the day
A gathering of friends another way

A tribute to a life
Lived in the rarest form
A celebration, yes
But the hardest kind of course
And her spirit kept away the coming storm

And blessed would we be
To have these kinds of friends
And family abound
And the messages they send
To receive them in the end

And the lives that we lead these days
Do conspire to keep dearest friends away
And we’d meet in better circumstances

Perhaps when next we meet again
We’ll toast the wedding of a friend
Perhaps new life will prompt the day
A gathering of friends another way

Notes
 width=My weekend was spent in the pursuit of remembrance. I attended an “Irish Wake” and a subsequent memorial service. I have to say that it was the most beautiful service of its kind that I have ever been to. The Maine coast was sun-drenched and windswept. Those who gathered for the service were clad in bright colors, and brought with them a spirit of celebration. It was a sombre yet hopeful occasion to be sure; much different than the festivities of the night before. Many tears were shed, but nowhere were the dogmatic ritual, or artificial theatrics of a typical memorial service. It was so very genuine and fitting of the wonderful woman that we had gathered to remember. Some thoughts struck me as I spoke with old friends who were in attendance. People kept saying things like “It is so good to see you… If only it were under better circumstances.” I considered these sorts of remarks and wondered if similar circumstances would be prominent in my continued contact with certain friends. In my heart I know that I have many more weddings to look forward to in the near future than funerals. But saying a final goodbye makes you think about everyone who is still here. If we’ve got friends that we might not see if not for a funeral, perhaps we aren’t making the best of the time we’ve got with friends. This song is about saying goodbye, and recommitting to those who are still here.

Here’s hoping your Monday doesn’t totally suck.
~Jesse

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2 thoughts on “Week 29: A Gathering Of Friends”

  1. So true so true. You’re amazing Jesse! Miss you – thank you for creating music that actually makes me think and feel 🙂

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