A Solitary Loon

Take me
I’m dust
Ready to yield my dreams
To curios
Curated by words
That sneak inside the shell
To blow upon my soul
A helpless thing
Given, as it has, to eternity
What remains of significance.

Take me
Eyes closed
And scatter me
Into a drop of water
The endless sea to swim
For a thirst that won’t quench
Until it tastes eternity
On this earth
In this sky
On this salty body
Still trembling
Like Rilke touched by his angel.

Take me
Take me
I am dust
My significance but a song
You could sing as you travel
To meet that eternal angel
Who our elegies pale
With our failed attempt to fly.
Wax and wings falling
Onto the earth
From the sky
Looking forever at
Their decay.

Take me…
Take me
Until you place me here
Crumbling to the ground
My helpless soul
Recognizing its

A solitary loon
Calling across a lake
At night
Takes flight.

My Voice:

Image: Solitary Loon On Kootenay Lake, British Columbia, photograph by Rob Huntley, 2015

Tonight I heard for the first time in a long while Kansas’ Dust in the Wind, a reminder of so much that matters to me. This song ranks among my favorites and I had forgotten, and had forgotten why. The poem above expresses its meaning to me. I believe we need reminders of our insignificance to live our truth, to be authentic.

The song:

A brilliant arrangement and performance by Sungha Jung:

The same arrangement, performed by Gabriella Quevedo

The lyrics:

Dust in the Wind
Songwriter: Kerry Livgren

I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Oh, ho, ho

Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won’t another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
The wind

Dust in the Wind lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

10 thoughts on “A Solitary Loon

  1. saynotoclowns says:

    Ugh, this is gorgeous!
    I’m so glad you’ve added your readings too!

    (I have a funny story about the song, (which I love), about 15 years ago while teaching my favourite high school age bible class in Colorado. I had a bunch of awesome comedians in that class, and one time we discussed death and grieving. I asked them something like, what is one of the most important things we do at funerals? And without missing a beat, one of them said, “sing ‘Dust in the Wind'”. Then a couple of them started singing it. (i think they had just seen Old School or something!!) We laughed and cried so hard. I’ll never forget it.)

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  2. Stephen Fuller says:

    CHUCK!!!! So happy to see you around these parts. Just getting my footing back and look forward to taking a stroll around your neck of the blogging woods soon! Thank you so much!


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