Friday, April 16, 2010

April 16 - Repost From a Different Time and Place

 

Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar.
Fearful when the sky is full of thunder,
and at the falling of a star.

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down,
We're captive on a carousel of time.
We can't return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the Circle Game.

Then the child moved ten times round the season
Skated over ten clear frozen streams.
Words like "when you're older" must appease him,
and promises of "someday" make his dreams.

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down,
We're captive on a carousel of time.
We can't return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the Circle Game.

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now,
Cartwheels turn to car-wheels in the town.
And they tell him, "take your time, it won't be long now."
"Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down."

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down,
We're captive on a carousel of time.
We can't return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the Circle Game.

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some Grandeur coming true
They'll be new dreams maybe better dreams, and plenty,
Before the last revolving year is through.

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down,
We're captive on a carousel of time.
We can't return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the Circle Game.

- Joni Mitchell

If you read all of that, well good on you. This note is for the people who sit down and reflect. This song by Joni Mitchell some of you may remember from Mr. Doherty's class, some who didn't have Mr. Doherty, well ask me to sing it for you sometime, I'd be happy to oblige. I didn't think to much about this song before, but lately it's gotten me teary eyed. I understand so much more about it now.

Remember the good old days? Which ones you say? Pick one, it doesn't matter because it's gone. Don't worry they haven't gone for good, we can still have them in our memories, that's allowed. Look back every now and then, but then look at the present, appreciate it. Taste it, smell it, feel it, breath it. You deserve to, look at what you have been through to get here. Never forget either, that when the present is hard to swallow, painful to the ear, and rough to the touch that you can go back and live amongst the past, for a while.

Warning: Do not stay in the past! The carousel of time will keep on spinning hurtling from your cozy reminiscences and abrasively landing you in the present again. For those unprepared the bump can be unsettling, for those forewarned, the journey exhilarating.

In the past few weeks I've been reflecting on my life, and thinking about how good it's been. I've been happy for the good times, sad for the bad, but overall I think I've gained valuable wisdom from every experience I have. I am pleased to say, I harbour no grudges towards anyone. I feel no hatred or shame, embarrassment perhaps, but certainly no shame. I believe it is important to let go of hate, anger and anguish. It serves no purpose, life moves on and on and on and we need no additional wakes on this turbulent sea of life.


I am truly sorry if this note distracts from the current political discussions of late these notes have been providing, but I felt that this song and these insights are valuable to share with you all. Please if you have any additional insights or comments leave them below.

With as much peace and love as one guy can give to many guys and girls,

Matt

3 comments:

  1. boy, it's been ages since I heard this song... thanks for reminding me, Matt... the lyrics are really beautiful and remind me of the late Harry Chapin's song,' Cats in a Cradle'... life is short, and we should enjoy each moment, as it races by... luv, tman<3

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  2. where have you been hiding, kid?? I hope you're all right!! luv, tman<3

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  3. I saw you comment on Dan's blog, and came back here to see if I missed something.

    Then I reread the post. That album, Ladies of the Canyon, was part of the soundtrack of my early teens. It was my older sister's music and held the promise of the world I wanted to get out and be part of. Also of the darkness she was living through at the time.

    The song was a collection of images to me then. Images of a world as distant as that time of life is now. Joni is right we can't return, just look back from where we came. Then look forward and keep moving.

    Thanks for this, and for your blog over the journey. I really liked the mixture: the music, the day-to-day stuff, as well as some some more reflective posts. And a little politics.

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