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Friday, March 13, 2009

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How Dark is the Light of Day

From my mother's blog, yesterday, March 12,2009:

"We live on an island in the Atlantic. At times the sea looks like this photo. Tonight the wind is howling, it's stormy and cold. My heart aches to think there could be survivors afloat in the cold Atlantic and my heart breaks to think there may be none."

If you grew up on the North Atlantic, and you owe your existence to people who made a living from that cruel and beautiful sea, tragedies like this are grieved not just in your heart and soul, but in your DNA. Spare a prayer today for the one who survived, the ones who are lost, and all their families.

Atlantic Blue

What colour is a heartache from a love lost at sea?
What kind of memory never fades
but lingers to eternity?
How dark is the light of day
these sleepless eyes of mine survey?
Is that you, Atlantic Blue?
My heart is as cold as you.

How is one heart chosen to never lie at peace?
What kind of moment remains?
Is there not one sweet release?
And who's the stranger at my door,
To haunt my dreams forever more?
Is that you, Atlantic Blue?
My heart is as cold as you.

I lie awake in the morning, as the waves wash on the sand,
I hold my hurt at bay, I hold the lives of his children in my hands.

And who's plea will receive no answer?
Who's cry is lost upon the wind?
Who's the voice so familiar,
Whispers my name as the night comes in?
And who's wish never fails to find
my broken heart on Valentine's?
Is that you Atlantic Blue?
My heart is as cold as you.

Ron Hynes (Cryer's Paradise, 1993) ©1990, 1995, Blue Murder/ Sold For A Song: TMP SOCAN



Blogger Cid said...

I can't imagine what it is like not to know where your loved one is or if they are suffering. Canadians from coast to coast are thinking of those families.

3:18 PM  
Blogger deborah said...

great article in good housekeeping magazine on staying thick in thin times......profound ,relatable and humorous.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Grateful that John didn't train with them back in 1999 but heartbroken just the same. Obviously hits home in so many ways. Special prayers to the lone survivor, his is an especially hard road.

10:03 PM  

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