Friday, May 26, 2017

Confused Alarms

So it's been ages since I last posted. I have too many pictures to sort through and write about. From April. But it's all good. Life is what it is.

But I did run across something that was cool to me which I wanted to remember. I have been doing a lot of fiction reading lately. It's always been something I enjoy, and it's good to have space in my life to read just for fun. In one of the books I have read this week, there was a reference to the poem "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold, written in approximately 1851. The last stanza was quoted:

Ah, love, let us be true
to one another! For the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

Pretty cool, no? But as I read the words "confused alarms of struggle of flight" I knew them. From another source. How cool is that?

Sometimes the spirit is too strong
Or the flesh is too weak
Sometimes the need is just too great
For the solace we seek
The suit of shining armor
Becomes a keen and bloody sword
No one gets to their heaven without a fight

A refuge for the coming night
A future of eternal light
No one gets to their heaven without a fight

Confused alarms of struggle and flight
Blood is drained of color
By the flashes of artillery light
No one gets to their heaven without a fight

An excerpt from a RUSH song. There's a reason I like this band so much. Great song with a hidden tribute that I just now learned about. It makes me smile.
 

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