Monday – December 17, 2012
On Friday I started this musing with what I intended to be some witty, humorous anecdotes about words and writing, such as: a college class was told they had to write a short story in as few words as possible. The instructions required the story to contain the following three subjects:
(1) Religion (2) Sexuality (3) Mystery
Below is the only A+ short story in the class:
“Good God, I’m pregnant! I wonder who did it?”
By Saturday, after hearing about Newtown, I knew I could not try to write more wit and humor. Nevertheless, I have allowed the first barb to remain. But the horrendous event that occurred this past Friday in that bucolic town, 28 miles from my house, where we knew a couple of people, made me only think, instead, about sad songs in the same genre as Where have all the Flowers Gone, written by Pete Seeger in 1955 and made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary in the 1960s…where have all the young girls gone; where have all the young boys gone…
In my novel, “No Commitments,” the heroine, Marianna, becomes a singer/songwriter with three major hits: A Mad Generation, Tower in the Sky and a third song, lyrics by yours truly (page 170), which I dedicate to the parents and families of Newtown:
WHY DO WE IT
Why do we do it,
Kill each other every day?
We are all one people,
Does it have to be this way?
It is madness; it is insane;
What else is there to say?
As children are learning to kill…
Instead of to play.
Thank you for stopping by…and Newtown, we shall forever remember.