Monday, 7 April 2014

Monday morning blues

A week ago we put our clocks forward and it has been lovely to enjoy the longer evenings.  In the morning we wake  up very early and enjoy the dawn , it is so beautiful I sit in quiet contemplation and wonder why I don't do this more often. But of course we can't burn the candle at both ends and we like going to bed late.Perhaps I could open a Night club , but I don't like being in places that have Bouncers. I went to see The Herd at the local town hall when I was about 15 and it was quite scary to get caught in a mob of teenage girls screaming "Gary!!!" And find that I was one of them .
The first song that came into my head this morning was Peter, Paul and Mary singing  Leaving on a jet plane.

The dawn is breaking and it's early morn,
The taxi's waiting and blowing its horn
Already I'm so lonesome, I could cry.

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go.

This song will strike a chord in anyone who has known the pain of having to leave loved ones, whether for work or emigration or for whatever reason.

In literature the most poetical separation of lovers who have to part at dawn is surely in Romeo and Juliet,

Night's candles are burnt out
and jocund day
Stands tiptoe
on the misty mountain tops.

John Donne 1572-1632, whose poems show what a great and deep passion he had for life and love, also wrote about the anguish of parting at dawn,

Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows and through curtains, call on us?..
Love, all alike, no reason knows, nor clime.
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

My favourite songs for leaving loved ones, are Every time you go away, you take a part of me with you by Paul Young from 1984, and  Jamaica Farewell, by Harry Belafonte, enjoy
Here are the links.
All of you who have to start the week saying goodbye to your loved ones or thinking about those that are far away, have a nice day.

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