Sometimes people leave you
halfway through the wood.
Do not let it grieve you,
No one leaves for good.
You are not alone.
No one is alone.
The stage version of the Sondheim musical, Into the Woods, was such a strange three hours–dark and uplifting all at once, with some of the loveliest music and most humorous moments I’ve experienced outside of Broadway. So much so that I needed to see it again two weeks later and decided to bring both my husband AND my gay husband. Next week.
But when I saw it first in San Francisco with a close woman friend, we both had the same gut-wrenching response to the lyric I quoted above.
Loss. How hard it is, and especially an untimely loss.
Yes, sometimes people do leave halfway through the wood.
Parents, lovers, children. Friends. Gone from our lives too soon, for whatever reason.
But I’m not ready! we want to scream. Don’t leave me yet!
We’re never ready for that moment of departure, not ever. Even if we think we are. Even if we think we want it.
Watching them fade into the mist, we are inconsolable, unless our world view allows us to believe that no one leaves for good.
And even though it may seem that way sometimes, we are never alone. No.
We carry the spirits of the people we love with us every day and can turn to them in times of need.
For comfort and love.
Close your eyes and let yourself feel it, while you listen. Yes, a live link.