From “Abba’s Way” — On Lonesomeness

*On Lonesomeness*

Today I wish to speak of lonesomeness
Lonesomeness does not mean being alone
Lonesomeness is more a lasting state
That only ends when Abba is embraced.
Then lonely is a simple need for touch
And lonesomeness a state that is no more

Too simple yes I do believe that’s so
For lonesomeness has layers broad and deep
And its effects can be disastrous
For lonesomeness arises from strong fears
In broadest terms it is a loss of place
A loss of feeling tied to everyone

Once no man was an island, but no more
Once there were shores and boundaries no more.
Even the bars of language start to fade
And definition seeks some new context
And no one really knows what happens next

And yet we know the care we thought we had
Is hardly care at all — it has no life
We witness waves of accident and death
In small or large, it makes no difference
We live now side by side with genocide
The fabric of community so frayed,
That we can hardly know a valid way

The valid way I offer you have heard
It is the only cure for lonesomeness
Abba within is within everyone
Beyond belief or will or promises
Abba within is this it simply is

Do not be judge of this in others’ eyes
Assuming it’s not there if you can’t see
Do not walk back and forth and moralize
This one is bourgeois this one is OK
Accept and wait until the truth is known
Not with displays mass shouts or festivals
Let knowledge hearing actions be your guide
And if connection languishes move on
To dwell on misconnection makes no sense
Accept move on beyond your lonesomeness

Here is one reason why my time is now
To stave off waves of lonesomeness and angst
Not with sweet doses of naiveté
But with these words of old stripped of their age

The good news once is still the good news now
Perhaps a better news for all our pains
The realm of Abba’s here it is at hand
Turn turn turn turn accept and all is well

And yet I know you well enough to know
You seek a proof you seek some form of show

How long must you know Abba is within
Before the light of this close tie is seen
I tell you some days it will be high bright,
And other days it will show but low light.

Still I say Abba always is within
Each day you fail to see is one day lost
But even that is wrong for Abba holds
You in the deepest love when you see not

We whirl like bits or flour in a bowl
Afraid that we’ll all be submerged and lost
But here the gift I give can save you now
Your lonesomeness is ended take the prize

Abba is deep within you take your stand
Step out reach out go out stretch out a hand
Turn lonesomeness to lonely then you’re free
Acknowledge lonely see it cease to be

From “Abba’s Way”


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