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(21/12/1947 / Johannesburg)

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A Song For The Night

Well the night is only night
And a star is just a star
And near is only near
And far is only far
And your life is just a life
And a flame is just a flame
And the wind is only wind
And a name is just a name

And all of us are brave
And all of us are strong
When the worst becomes the least
And the least becomes a song

For God is always God
In the waters running clear
And all pain is only pain
The word forever just a tear
And my song is just a song
And I sing it soft and clear
Baby let it ease the hurt
Let it wash away your fear

All the horrors we have fought
Were just our shadows on the wall
Past the spectre of your guilt
Any fall is just a fall

And all of us are brave
And all of us are strong
When the worst becomes the least
And the least becomes a song

Well my song is just a song
And I sing it soft and clear
Baby let it ease the hurt
Let it wash away your fear
Because the night is only night
And a star is just a star
And near is only near
And far is only far

Submitted: Friday, July 20, 2007
Edited: Wednesday, March 19, 2014


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  • Ravi A (4/21/2013 5:02:00 AM)

    And all of us are brave
    And all of us are strong
    When the worst becomes the least
    And the least becomes a song

    Dear John, you have portrayed the essence of life in a straight, simple and effective manner. I very much liked the poem.

    1 person liked.
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  • Martin O'Neill (2/11/2012 4:10:00 AM)

    John, I feel a deep sense of reaching out to a loved one in this piece and a pragmatic realisation that physical occurrences are just that - occurrences, happenings, things. That they don't of themselves, matter. What matters is our response, reaction and the meaning we impart to them. What matters is people and how we feel about them.

    This is an accomplished piece of work.

  • Joe Garson (11/11/2011 2:38:00 PM)

    I take it that this is also a song complete with melody, right John? ...it stands by
    itself as a poem-quite well written...seems to be sort of a lullabye to a small
    child who has perhaps fallen and got cuts and bruises...very evocative imagery...

  • Kristen Brown (11/5/2011 4:49:00 PM)

    This is deep.

    I know I've always had a wonder for the universe. Looking for what could be and not readily accepting what is.

    I know everyone says we have a purpose in life, but what if our purpose is to change the course, the nature of world and people around us? For they are who they are before we get here, and yet they change into who they become after our arrival and after we're gone.

    What if there is no purpose? What if everything 'just is'.
    A flame is only a flame and a star only a star.
    This requires introspection.
    Great write.10+

  • Sally Plumb Plumb (11/3/2011 6:32:00 AM)

    A very lovely song of yours.

  • Ruth Walters (2/1/2010 4:10:00 PM)

    somehow this soothes me as I read it and has a melody hidden in it's words like a lullaby that soothes a child who has nightmares and cries for its mother for fear the big bad wolf is coming, but I sense some apathy with life in your thoughts too and perhaps a little grief.....am I right?

    Ruth

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (7/13/2009 5:41:00 PM)

    But this poem is not just a poem, Its beautiful. Simple yet meaningful.

  • Sonya Florentino (4/21/2009 3:33:00 PM)

    indeed it is a song, and this poem sings!

  • Lee Crowell (3/8/2009 7:46:00 PM)

    a good song from the heart, John
    most of what I post here I consider poetry, but there is one song you might like 'barefoot charm'

  • Michelle Melody (1/10/2009 5:46:00 AM)

    But I do not hear it as a blues rythm, more a sweet little melody.

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