A virtual embrace

I’ve found the outpouring of love and support for RS so heartwarming these past few days and am amazed at the interconnectedness of it all. His ability to put his grief about the death of his father into song all those years ago has provided so much comfort to so many people who have experienced their own loss. And now after he experienced another enormous loss, those same people are offering words of support back to him. He expressed this idea so much more eloquently in his song, “Karma”:

As the smallest stream runs to a river
And every river runs to the sea
So every little bit of love I give to another
You know that I believe it comes back to me.

Hopefully he feels the warmth of all those virtual embraces and is comforted by them.

That being said, I thought I’d share a song that I wrote last year. I originally wrote it after hearing about the families of victims of terror attacks and natural disasters overseas, but I think it’s relevant to anyone who is grieving, especially someone on the other side of the world.

You are not alone

You are in tomorrow, I’m still in today
You can’t feel my sorrow, you’re too far away
Although we may be strangers, I’m standing by your side
Grieving in your shadow as you say your goodbyes

You are not alone
The world may seem so cold
If it brings you any solace, know
that you are not alone

In time a heart will heal, I know that’s not how you feel
I wish that I could take your pain away
Darkness on the evening news, time stands still as the world resumes
Moving forward yet stalled in yesterday

You are not alone
Though you may be far from home
If it brings you any solace, know
that you are not alone

I hope the light shines down on you to help you make it through
Bringing warmth into your world once again
Feel the love filling the air, across the miles to there from here
Reaching you whenever you need a friend

You are not alone
Although the future remains unknown
If it brings you any solace, know
that you are not alone

You are in tomorrow, I’m still in today
You can’t feel my sorrow, you’re too far away
Although we may be strangers, I’m standing by your side
Grieving in your shadow as you say your goodbyes

You are not alone
The world may seem so cold
If it brings you any solace, know
that you are not alone.

Here’s a recording if you want to hear the melody (please try to overlook the poor recording  – I realized later that the ticking was the living room clock and it’s a first attempt on writing a song on a keyboard).

XO

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