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  • My parents traveled many times from California to visit with us in Texas. One of those times we all sat down to listen to a new CD I had just purchased. When this song came on we all became silent and listened to the words. Tears streamed down all of our faces. Not a word was said. But that said so much.

    I was crossing at the corner
    The day was grey the air was cold
    Suddenly it occurred to me
    I was easy in my soul
    I was crying cause I loved you
    The sun was shining in my shell
    Deftly dodging crazy taxis
    I'm glad I know you well

    I have watched you in the garden
    Dirty hands and shining skin
    A smile that says you're glad to see me
    Sighs for sadness where I've been
    No need to worry 'bout protection
    I hold the shield that is your spell
    Let me help you with the weeding
    I'm glad I know you well

    I've been looking out for answers
    I think frankly there are none
    There is honor love and family
    And work left to be done
    And when I listen to the winos
    Who say this world has gone to hell
    I can smile and disagree
    I'm glad I know you well

    Livingston Taylor

    (photo credit: Zainab Abdal, flickr creative commons)
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