Intransigence in all around
Military’s still in town
Armour plated suits and ties
Daddy just won’t say goodbye
Referee won’t blow the whistle.
God is good but will he listen?
The Arab Spring happened a long time after “Staring at the Sun” was on the radio.
I still find it easy to think of current events, especially in the Middle East, when I hear the above excerpt.
Those two last lines reiterate what people have wondered for centuries about the meaning, or lack of meaning, in human suffering. “Referee won’t blow the whistle / God is good but will he listen?”
Sometimes, people go through things that just can’t be answered with that sappy poem “Footprints.”