On the Turning Away

I heard someone behind me bragging at Walmart about never voting, not since the 70s,

laughing about the election with an older cashier, laughing in a Walmart in a town with an average household income of $19k a year, in rural Pennsylvania. I turn around and wave and say hi to her, real bright, to one of my next door neighbors. I startled her and she looked uncomfortable, muttered hello and busied herself elsewhere, turning away.

Can’t believe I’m quoting Pink Floyd now , but also can’t believe I never did before. The lyrics are sort of sinister and have a kind of polar wind blowing through them in light of recent hoodoo.

On the Turning Away
Pink Floyd
On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won’t understand
“Don’t accept that what’s happening
Is just a case of others’ suffering
Or you’ll find that you’re joining in
The turning away”
It’s a sin that somehow
Light is changing to shadow
And casting it’s shroud
Over all we have known
Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of stone
We could find that we’re all alone
In the dream of the proud
On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the speechless unite
In a silent accord
Using words you will find are strange
And mesmerized as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of change
On the wings of the night
No more turning away
From the weak and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside
Just a world that we all must share
It’s not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that there’ll be
No more turning away?



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