Finding a voice

I love  my blog site.

And I love what it can do – like getting a picture up there!

Yesterday - today - tomorrow

So – here is a picture of an Aimish horse and cart. I love the picture because it raises questions.

My thinking today has been dominated by Libya, by blogging, twittering and e-mailing, especially about Israel and its choices – and by the knowledge that my longer term interest now is in serious writing. The blog can help that happen.

For 25 years I wrote a daily diary, which was just for me. I wonder if this is similar but potentially more public? Perhaps gradually I can begin to focus in on the themes (God, justice, myth-meaning-the Messiah, change, thinking, understanding and knowledge…) that I want to explore.

For the times, they are a’changing:

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

Bob Dylan title track 1963/4 (I once saw on Wikipedia I think that the handwritten sheet of lyrics sold to a Hedge Fund manager for more than $400,000 – but I can’t find that now).

The song was written shortly before Pres. Kennedy was shot – is that two generations ago? Another century, another world, yet how deeply it applies to today (which reminds me of course of Mark Edward’s wonderful Exhibition of Dylan’s A Hard Rain http://www.hardrainproject.com/)

A final thought.

All my work, currently, is dedicated to www.earthcharteruk.org – so it’s in that context and with that in mind that all this is written.

 

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3 Responses to “Finding a voice”

  1. Shaun Chamberlin Says:

    Two generations ago, and fewer than half as many people on the planet as now.

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