as it must be

An offering of peace for the times when life brings pain.

The winter of 1990-91 was rough. People around me were getting hurt in accidents, dying of cancer, committing suicide. I was living out in the country, alone much of the time. Things weren’t making sense.

This song came in a moment of perspective, and was a reminder for myself as well as for others.

Note that it’s not called “as it should be,” or “as some personal intelligence has planned it out to be.” I’ve got nothing against songs with those titles if you want to write them, but for me the point is that what’s really here simply is what’s really here, and the alternatives are interesting but irrelevant.

These kinds of philosophical assertions aren’t very emotionally satisfying, though. That’s why the song ends with a purely emotional expression of support.

All my best to you.


all is as it must be
as it must be this moment for you

seeds sprout
when warm rains come
reach for the sun
winter before spring
wait it out

hopes rise
and hopes are dashed
this, too, shall pass
and passing, becomes you
clear your eyes

friends meet
and friends move on
none stays for long
all will meet again
love them now

all of your joy, all of your pain
wheels within wheels, again and again
you never learn the same lesson twice

dry your eyes
you are loved
peace is in you


tjw: 12-string guitar, vocals

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