Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Cats in a Cradle", a childs response


"Underneath the Door."

Natalie Martin


My father was a doctor who would come home late at night
With a soul so bruised and bleeding from his unending faithful fight
To keep a hold of kindness in a world that isn't kind
To hold out the hope of healing to his hurting human kind

And he'd flee back to his study to his bookish, quiet place
With notes and books and journals to wall in his special space
And then He's lock the door on things that cannot be locked out
And his yongest son would starve for what he would always do without


But it was meant to make me who I am and for all these many years
Still the little boy down on his knees full of hope, and full of fear
Calling underneath the door, this is me, it's who I am
For we love the best by listening when we try to understand

Desperate, stuby fingers pushing pictures 'neath the door
And longing to be listened to by the man that I adored
Inside someone who needed me just as much as I did him
Still unable to unlock the door that stayed closed inside of him


And it's strange the way we tend to flee from what we need the most
That a father would lock out his son when his heart would hold him close
But out wounds are part of who we are and there is nothing left to chance
And pains the pen that writes the songs and they call us forth to dance


Michael Card on his live album