Gabriel

As some of you know who visit this site, the author of the sporadic posts here is from CT.  Actually, I am from Detroit, but I have lived for the last eight years in Monroe, CT, and it feels more like home than anywhere else I have lived.

I have wanted often to write of what happened in Newtown, the town just to our north, here in this space.  Even though it doesn’t make sense on a Rick Springfield blog site.  Just because mostly I want people to understand better how this tragedy has affected the real people involved.  I have seen awful things on the outside looking in before:  9/11, Columbine, Gabby Giffords.  You feel the sadness, you feel the loss, but it is distant.  Tragic and terrible just the same, but distant to your life.  You can go out the door and if you put it out of your head, it’s almost like it didn’t happen.

It isn’t like that here.  It is everywhere we turn.  The survivors now attend school here, in my town.  In a school where my children have taken classes, walked the halls.  This is close and personal and raw.

And while I am not quite ready to say more than that on the topic, I did want to say that I am finding some comfort here:

“Gabriel”

At the edge of understanding is where it all begins
When I reach the end of reason is where it all sinks in

In the midst of all the raging storms the deluge covers me
I will find a place prepared for me so dry beneath a tree

Oh Gabriel I can hear you whispering
Oh Gabriel In my silent suffering
Oh Gabriel could you come to my defense?
Oh Gabriel how I wish that you would fly by my side

With no foregone conclusion I’m sane but paranoid
Is it all ordered confusion to find faith in the void

In the harshest winds you took me in and set me on my feet
Through the burning sand you held my hand and saved me from the heat

Oh Gabriel I can hear you whispering
Oh Gabriel in my silent suffering
Oh Gabriel could you come to my defense?
Oh Gabriel how I wish that you would fly by my side

Gabriel

Oh Gabriel I can hear you whispering
Oh Gabriel in my silent suffering
Oh Gabriel could you come to my defense?
Oh Gabriel I believe in providence

Oh Gabriel I can hear you whispering
Oh Gabriel how I wish that you would fly by my side

By my side..

 

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