Rhymes and Reasons

For those of you who grew up on John Denver, as I did, you may find this one comforting tonight, as I did.

For our children.  For the children of Syria.

For it is our children, ultimately, who will help us to find the better way.

“Rhymes and Reasons”  by John Denver

So you speak to me of sadness

And the coming of the winter

Fear that is within you now that seems to never end

And the  dreams that have escaped you

And the hope that you’ve forgotten

And you  tell me that you need me now

And you want to be my friend


And you wonder where we’re going

Where’s the rhyme and  where’s the reason

And it’s you cannot accept

It is here we must  begin

To seek the wisdom of the children

And the graceful way of flowers  in the wind


For the children and the flowers

Are my sisters and my  brothers

Their laughter and their loveliness

Would clear a cloudy  day

Like the music of the mountains

And the colors of the rainbow

They’re a promise of the future

And a blessing for today


Though the cities start to crumble

And the towers fall  around us

The sun is slowly fading

And it’s colder than the sea


It is written from the desert

To the mountains they shall  lead us

By the hand and by the heart

They will comfort you and  me

In their innocence and trusting

They will teach us to be free


For the children and the flowers

Are my sisters and my  brothers

Their laughter and their loveliness

Would clear a cloudy  day


And the song that I am singing

Is a prayer to nonbelievers

Come  and stand beside us

We can find a better way


(Click the link below to hear the song.  Classic John Denver. )



And with tears in my eyes, sadness and a tiny bit of hope in my heart, I bid you good night.   Perhaps, someday, we can find that better way.

About madranchwife

Mother, Mad Ranchwife(as in--at times-- crazy, nutso, loco, off-my-rocker insane), Veterinarian, Physical Therapist, "Liberal, pinko, gay-loving, Subaru-driving Socialist" (as I've been called), proud to be a totally tree-huggin', climate change believin', granola girl environmentalist, ObamaGirl, Pro-Choice (don't even get me started here...), and in my younger days a feminist vegetarian as a result of time spent at CU Boulder (this lasted approximately 14 months, until all the Jimmy Buffett I was listening to caused me to crave a cheeseburger). #FindingMyVoice #ScienceMatters
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