It happened again. I got ambushed. You’d think after a year and a half that it wouldn’t happen any more. But I am a living testament to the fact that it does, it is real, it is consuming.

While driving the Outback, I pulled my late husband’s CD case out of a storage pocket, flipped through, and picked a Lennon disc that he had put together. I punched it in and with the first notes and first three words of the first song, I was totally taken over by emotion and tears. Within half a block, I couldn’t see where I was going. The tears were all over my face and the sobs were hard. And I didn’t know why. It drained me, physically and emotionally.

Why, I asked myself. I tracked through the CD and listened to twelve or fifteen other songs. Not a single one sparked any kind of response. It was just that first song. I tracked back to it, and felt the same surge of emotion. I knew there was something to it. I knew the song had some meaning to him, I knew it was a connection, it was he touching me.

The first thing I did when I got home was to go to his blog, still up and running, and I did a search. And there it was. “Imagine.” He had contemplated the words to the song back in 2007.

I wonder, Winston Rand, if this is what it’s like where you are, and I hope to God it is.

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September 20th, 2007 | Category: Philosophics, Realities

When the title for the previous post came to me, I re-read the lyrics and listened to John Lennon’s original. Like its author, and indeed like much of his music, Imagine has many detractors. Most of those do not go below the surface of the words and envision, perchance to dream, of Lennon’s imaginary world of peace, love, and harmony. Drug induced vision? Perhaps. Idealistic? Sure. Impossible? Of course. Worth working toward? Absolutely.

If you take the time to really read the words, all of the words, and think about the world that Lennon talked about, Imagine depicts a human state that is quite close to that espoused by all the great religions of the world. John Lennon became a lightning rod for peace during the Vietnam War. Consider what has happened to our world since 2000. Then read the verses again. We need a lightning rod for peace and sanity in this world gone mad. Imagine

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one


2 Comments on “Imagine”

  1. Eric says:

    …. you are a good woman, ma’am… and a very good companion to Mr. Winston…….. don’t ever let these things stop affecting you….. they are there for a reason….. just as you two were together for a reason……..

    …. Winston was an incredible man…… and you, you are an incredible woman……. ambushes or not, you keep going…….

  2. Kathy says:

    Thank you, Eric. That means a lot.

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