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"The Difference"
The Wallflowers
Bringing Down The Horse

One, two boys by the river
Down by the water
Tellin' riddles in the dark
With fireflies under the moonlight
Carvin' the insides of a tree with a knife
Ever hear the one about the boy's big sister
His best friend come along
He tried to kiss her

The only difference
That I see
Is you are exactly the same
As you used to be

One boy lives in a tower
With bow and arrow
And the artificial heart
With his girl
Maid of dishonor
He loaded the cannon
With a jealous appetite
They say that children now
They come in all ages
And maybe sometimes old men die
With little boy faces


You always said that you needed some
But you always had more, more than anyone


This was one of the songs on the radio in the summer of 1996.
If I were not so physically and mentally exhausted, and did not need to sleep, I would put on some street clothes and go walking around and around in circles. I don't know how many times I'd have to circle whatever it was I was circling until I figured it all out, but I need the mindless drone of feet on concrete in a guided path. Pacing the circle of the fountain for as long as I needed to, I processed enough of it to become sane. This is going to take longer than just a few hours.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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