Wednesday, February 09, 2011


Those of us who came on age in the 1960s and were of an intellectual frame of mind were usually the fans of Simon and Garfunkel. My favorite song by the duo was "I Am A Rock" which defines a personality like mine so well, a person who can love mankind in the mass and want the best for it, but who lack the ability to love in the singular because of the pain involved in all relationships. Thus such a person becomes a rock, an island. "No man is a island," a poet once said: this is not true. There are millions of us living behind our fortress walls, watching the crowds in the street below and feeling no pain.

A winter's day
In a deep and dark December;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don't talk of love,
Well, I've heard the word before.
It's sleeping in my memory.
I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

1 comment:

Penny said...

Sadly, this song represents me now. I don't know if it extends to many but maybe if society did not tolerate criminal behavior from repeated offenders and actually would remember that the targets are always people that can't or won't fight back. Well something could be done before others become scared to open their mouths.