Jeffrey Pipes Guice

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This World Of Blue

It's with such a heavy heart
that I say my prayers today...
Our friends and family are here one second,
only to slip quietly away...

Depression is all around us,
touching me and touching you...
So I'm asking our Heavenly Father,
please help us in this world of blue...

We're losing too many loved ones
to a cloud we refuse to discuss...
It's time we all face this disease
that is so prevalent among all of us...

As I thank my Heavenly Father
for a world of love and nonviolence...
I ask that He forever remove all of our sadness
and the Sound of Silence...
© 2020 Jeffrey Pipes Guice

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp

When my eyes were stabbed
By the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening

People writing songs
That voices never share
And no one dare
Disturb the sound of silence

"Fools, " said I, "you do not know
Silence, like a cancer, grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you."
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
And the words that it was forming

And the sign said,
"The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls."
Are we all tired of losing loved ones to depression and the sounds of silence...

© 1965 Simon & Garfunkel
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