• lenten journal: nod over coffee

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    Mark Heard’s song “Nod Over Coffee” has been playing in my head since I read about the consequences of the invention of the minute hand in Adam Frank’s book, About Time. I clocked in for my nine hours at the computer store today and clocked out tired and worn and happy to come home. I will let the song be my melody for sleep this evening with this clip from Pierce Pettis, Grace Pettis, and Jonathan Kingham. First, Mark Heard’s lyric:

    nod over coffee

    all the unsaid words that I might be thinking
    and all the little signs that I might give you
    they would not be enough
    no they would not be enough

    so we nod over coffee and say goodbye
    smile over coffee and turn to go
    we know the drill and we do it well
    we love it, we hate it
    ain’t that life

    ain’t that the curse of the second hand
    ain’t that the way of the hour and the day

    if I weren’t so alone and afraid
    they might pay me what I am worth
    but it would not be enough
    you deserve better

    so we nod over coffee and say goodbye
    do whatever has to be done again today
    get in the traffic and time will fly
    look at the sun and pray for rain

    ain’t that the curse of the second hand
    ain’t that the way of the hour and the day

    the dam of time cannot hold back
    the dust that will surely come of these bones
    and I’m sure I will not have loved enough
    will not have loved enough

    if we could see with wiser eyes
    what is good and what is sad and what is true
    still it would not be enough
    could never be enough

    so we nod over coffee and say goodbye
    bolt the door it’s time to go
    into the car with the radio on
    roll down the window and blow the horn

    ain’t that the curse of the second hand
    ain’t that the way of the hour and the day

    Peace,
    Milton

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