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Holy rage

Posted in Life & Love

Not quite your usual Wednesday quick dinner. For that I apologize. I was going to talk about individual sized quiches and veggie pies but they will have to wait another day.

Las Vegas intervened and I felt silly sitting here opining about roasted vegetables: even if life goes on, even if nobody I know – and maybe you know – has been affected by the tragedy in Nevada; even if firearms, in this country, cause more deaths on a daily basis than mass shootings do.

But the scale of certain events is not possible to ignore, nor the collective grief that comes with them.

The least we can do, is honor the dead and the wounded with our respect.

I never thought possible a day wouldn’t go by – relentlessly, for months on end – when I am not ashamed of my country. If a massacre inside an elementary school didn’t move the needle of the restrictions placed on firearms sale, this fresh new tragedy won’t either.

Quite fittingly, even I don’t believe it was her intention, yesterday sofagirl sent me the following lyrics, by singer-songwriter Ian McCullen. The song is called The Rising. Maybe because of the state of mind I was in when I read it, I felt the glimmer of hope that our collective souls will start raging and will see us out of this holy mess.

One day
your soul will call to you
with a holy rage.
“Rise up!” it will say …
Stand up inside your own skin.
Unmask your unlived life …
feast on your animal heart.
Unfasten your fist …
let loose the medicine
in your own hand.
Show me the lines …
I will show you the spoor
of the ancestors.
Show me the creases …
I will show you
the way to water.
Show me the folds …
I will show you the furrows
for your healing.
“Look!” it will say …
the line of life has four paths –
one with a mirror
one with a mask,
one with a fist,
one with a heart.
One day,
your soul will call to you
with a holy rage.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Che dire? Un evento terrificante, difficile da inquadrare

    October 11, 2017
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    • Ancora stanno cercando di capire le motivazioni.

      October 11, 2017
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  2. silvia
    silvia

    Your double gaze, American and European, unables you to look at this atrocities from a privileged point of you. For us from this side of the ocean there’s the impossibility to understand why we should, as private citizens, arm ourselves. Even though right parties in Italy are trying to introduce guns for self defense these days.
    I was watching again Bowling Colombine di Michael Moore and it’s all very well explained there.
    History will teach us nothing???
    The poem Sue sent you could be a good starting point.
    A poem, what else?

    October 5, 2017
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    • Completely opposite cultures – even I contemplated getting a gun and getting trained in case of any self-defense needs here at home, while when I was in Italy it would have never occurred to me, even if home robberies are much more prevalent.

      October 5, 2017
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  3. winstonmoreton
    winstonmoreton

    Pres Trump supports the constitutional right of Amercan citizens to arm themselves. At the same time he threatens to destroy another country in Asia the right to defend itself against war mongers like himself. Shocking in LV but happening regularly in the Middle East

    October 5, 2017
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    • I would argue that in the Middle East it happens but it’s animated by (often despicable) ideologies, self-defence or oppression. Here, it is often absolutely random.

      October 5, 2017
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      • winstonmoreton
        winstonmoreton

        Trump says ‘lone wolf’ for random. ‘Terrorist’ for jihadis. Glad you decided to give guns a miss. I am thinking peer pressure is strong in the land of the free. Hand-guns in particular are designed for one purpose and one purpose only. Thinking Pistorius here! BTW I too have a gun licence and am proficient but I no longer keep any at home and certainly no side arms

        October 6, 2017
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  4. It seems paradoxical to ‘like’ anything associated with the Vegas shooting. But your post was well written and this song really does nail it. I fear the only thing pious and spineless legislators will comprehend is when economics are impacted. No more outdoor concerts, no festivals, reduced attendance at sporting events, no large get-togethers due to safety concerns. Maybe then they’ll ‘get it’ since increasing numbers including 20 elementary children haven’t seemed to make the needle budge on how to address this topic. But then I hear that sales or those damn bump stock handles have skyrocketed since Monday. Our gun induced society is totally out of whack. Let’s hope we find that holy rage soon.

    October 5, 2017
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    • The NRA and the Republicans made a pitiful offering today to shut up people like us….

      October 5, 2017
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      • Notice they opposed and change after Sandy Hook but jeopardize big biz in Vegas, well we can’t have that. Talk about low lifes.

        October 5, 2017
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