Psalms of Christ #9

“Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed
By the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs
That voices never share
And no one dares
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools” said I, “you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I may reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
And the words that it was forming

And the sign said
“The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence”

The song Sound of Silence by Paul Simon

 

Psalms of Christ #8

“Some say love, it is a river

That drowns the tender reed

Some say love, it is a razor

That leaves your soul to bleed

Some say love, it is a hunger,

An endless aching need

I say, love it is a flower,

And you its only seed

 

It’s the heart afraid of breaking

That never learns to dance

It’s the dream afraid of waking

That never takes the chance

It’s the one who won’t be taken,

Who cannot seem to give,

And the old afraid of dyin’

That never learns to live

 

When the night has been too lonely

And the road has been too long,

And you think that love is only

For the lucky and the strong,

Just remember in the winter

Far beneath the bitter snow

Lies the seed that with the sun’s love

In the spring becomes the rose”

 

The song The Rose by Amanda McBroom

Psalms of Christ #6

“When the night has come

And the land is dark

And the moon is the only

Light we’ll see

No, I won’t be afraid

Oh, I won’t be afraid

Just as long as you stand,

Stand by me

 

If the sky that we look upon

Should tumble and fall

Or the mountain should crumble

To the sea

I won’t cry, I won’t cry

No, I won’t shed a tear

Just as long as you stand,

Stand by me.”

 

From the song Stand By Me by Ben E. King