Week 458 // The Light, the Way it Looks at Dawn

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In the morning
All the way to where I’m going
Catch the melody so lonesome
On the breeze from where it’s blowing
But I am not lonesome
And in this I truly am amazed

I’m amazed
At the rain on the windows
I’m amazed
At the fog on the hillside
I’m amazed at the light
The way it looks at dawn

Once or twice
In the tracing of my steps
I have overwhelmed my memory
And in the moment I have wept
For the monsters that pursued me have gone home
And I am so amazed

I’m amazed
At the solid earth beneath me
I’m amazed
At the clarity of birdsong
I’m amazed at the light
The way it looks at dawn

Oh impermanence
Reliable and true
I could drag my heels to trenches
Build a fence ’round me and you
But we know fences will blow over
No matter what
We will be left amazed

I’m amazed
At the moments as we miss them
I’m amazed
At the frequency of sunrise
I’m amazed at the light
The way it looks at dawn

Notes
How often do you watch the sunrise? You know it happens every single day, don’t you? So many of them pass, and we let them, and we’re okay with it. We have to be. We can’t capture every moment. We can’t savor every passing breath of our life, no matter how precious.

There’s a tension in this song between the relief and amazement at having traversed some unsavory moments in life, and the thrum of anxiety in trying in vain to adequately savor our amazement during our loveliest moments. Of course the answer is to seek serenity in the beauty of impermanence, to stop resisting it. After all, impermanence is just as much the reason the unsavory moments pass, as it is the force that brings a lovely moment to its inevitable end. We need endings. We can’t go on without them.

~M.E.

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