The Age of Miracles

This was originally posted January 1, 2013 on my other site http://www.texasmusings.blog.com.

This morning the very first day of 2013 found me unsure of what to write. As I so often do early in the morning while have my first cups of coffee is randomly pick music from the iPod built into my phone. Mary Chapin Carpenter’s ‘The Age of Miracles’ began playing and my mind immediately turned in a million directions.

Vowing to say more with fewer words, this will be short (or shorter than usual). I have a dear writer friend who can say more with three words than I can in a 600 word essay … my new challenge.

I do think that Mary Chapin Carpenter is the female Leonard Cohen of our time. She reaches all ages, all musical genres, all genders. Her music and her words are timeless…from the most serious to the greatest whimsy!

Below are the words to the song that was my morning inspiration:

The Age of Miracles

The past comes upon you like smoke on the air
You can smell it and find yourself gone
To a place that you lived without worry or care
Isn’t that where we all once came from

Green leaves and tall trees and stars overhead
And the sound of the world through the screen
But now you sleep with the covers pulled over your head
And you never remember to dream

You think you’re just standing still
One day you’ll get up that hill
In the age of miracles
Is one on the way

Greenland is melting, the west is on fire
But don’t ever stop praying for rain
It’s a curious place between hope and desire
Different gods, but the prayer is the same

And thousand-year storms seem to form on a breeze
Drowning all living things in their paths
And when a small southern town finds a rope in a tree
We’re all once again trapped in the past

It seems we’re just standing still
One day we’ll get up that hill
In the age of miracles
Is one on the way

We can fly through space with the greatest of ease
We can land in the dust of the moon
We can transform our lives with the tap of the keys
Still we can’t shake this feeling of doom

But I woke to find monks pouring into the streets
Marching thousands strong into the rain
Now if courage comes dressed in red robes and bare feet
I will never be fearful again

If I’m just standing still
One day I’ll get up that hill
In the age of miracles, is one on the way

Seems we’re just standing still
One day we’ll ride up that hill
In the age of miracles
There’s one on the way
There’s one on the way
There’s one on the way
There’s one on the way
There’s one on the way
There’s one on the way

These words are so current for right now and to me a prayer for 2013 … if we just heed the words to find The Age of Miracles.

My favorite refrain …

You think you’re just standing still
One day you’ll get up that hill
In the age of miracles
Is one on the way

Final thoughts … a poem I wrote while listening to this song …

Embrace the day~give praises to the Sun~hallelujahs to the Moon~live life to the fullest~know you are loved

Have a blessed, happy and prosperous 2013 … eat your black-eyed peas for LUCK!

As always, my wish for you is peace, joy and happiness, but most of all LOVE.

As Ever, Annie (1/15/13)

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