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Just dropping a lyric here to publish. I was thinking about a song I wrote for my son when he was 3. It was about the trials and tribulations to come. Then Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" barged in on my brain party and she brought with her the crew of scientists that are watching evolutionary shrinkage as a survival necessity and , well...working on the music now so while you're reading imagine a really upbeat-boppy tune

I’m the one they send in after the canary dies

The one left behind to make sure the last bomb flies

secret sacrifice locked in a basement room

everybody gets their kicks as long as I am doomed

If I’m not happy everyone else can be

I lower

my center

of gravity

so I won’t have so far to fall

A reluctant inductee of generation z

front line fodder, food for the zombies

I’m sent in to the storm eye to assess the skies

I’m the one they send in after the canary dies

If I’m not happy everyone else can be

I lower

my center

of gravity

so I won’t have so far to fall

I’m the one they send in after the canary dies

The one left behind to make sure the last bomb flies

secret sacrifice locked in a basement room

everybody gets their kicks as long as I am doomed

If I’m not happy everyone else can be

I lower

my center

of gravity

so I won’t have so far to fall

I lower

my center

of gravity

so I won’t have so far to fall

so I won’t have so far to fall

so I won’t have so far to fall

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Comment by ThatGirl on November 29, 2015 at 2:30pm

i can hear something musical already coming through those lyrics..*I'll keep shoveling the coal into the furnace for ya, if it keeps you on this track. Looking forward to the audio piece of this one.  noice....glad you are getting some time for just you and your muse.

Comment by SydTheSkeptic on November 29, 2015 at 6:36pm

Goddess, I love that story, mostly for what it incites in my students when challenged by the notion of whether or not they, too, would walk away.

Hello Amy (waves furiously)!!

Cool lyric. And happy belated birthday!

Comment by NatureJunkie on December 9, 2015 at 1:44am

I've read a lot of Ursula LeGuin, but not that particular story. But I want you to know that I not only imagined a really upbeat-boppy tune for it, I also heard it in Karen Carpenter's voice.

Comment by BlancheNoE on December 9, 2015 at 5:53pm

@ TG- Thank you Beautiful. Working on it when I can.

@ Syd- My favorite teachers, the ones I actually went back to visit years later, were like you.

@ NJ- tThat is so dead-on that it's scary. That's pretty much how it's sounding so far and add to that I just watched a documentary on Karen 2 nights ago and....WHITCH.  she's  a WHICH. We must weigh her (NJ) and if she weighs as much as a duck we can burn her.

Comment by BlancheNoE on December 12, 2015 at 12:35am

@ Nature again- oh my god. Did I call you a "whitch" ?and then a "which" ?

That's just so heinous . I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to take it THAT far. Let's just say WITCH !

Comment by NatureJunkie on December 12, 2015 at 1:37am

No worries. There's no weigh I would way more than a duck.

Comment by NatureJunkie on January 6, 2016 at 11:56pm

Now that I've heard the melody, I totally love it, Amy. Truly.

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