There's no place in this world where I'll belong when I'm gone And I won't know the right from the wrong when I'm gone And you won't find me singin' on this song when I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
And I won't feel the flowing of the time when I'm gone All the pleasures of love will not be mine when I'm gone My pen won't pour out a lyric line when I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
And I won't breathe the bracing air when I'm gone And I can't even worry 'bout my cares when I'm gone Won't be asked to do my share when I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
And I won't be running from the rain when I'm gone And I can't even suffer from the pain when I'm gone Can't say who's to praise and who's to blame when I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
Won't see the golden of the sun when I'm gone And the evenings and the mornings will be one when I'm gone Can't be singing louder than the guns when I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
All my days won't be dances of delight when I'm gone And the sands will be shifting from my sight when I'm gone Can't add my name into the fight while I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
And I won't be laughing at the lies when I'm gone And I can't question how or when or why when I'm gone Can't live proud enough to die when I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
Guest wordsmith Matt Ball writes:
Growing up, I was a big fan of Carl Sagan, and I dreamed of exploring the
universe, expanding the frontier of human knowledge and vision. I started my college to become a rocket scientist, with the plan of working for NASA.
But fate intervened on the first day of college when I met my roommate,
a big, strong guy, who was not shy about explaining his vegetarianism or
what hidden realities my eating meat supported. After a false start, I went vegetarian -- I simply found the cruelties of meat production too severe to continue to rationalize away.
Shortly thereafter, I met Jack Norris and started learning more about animal exploitation in this world. I decided I needed to do more than be a
vegetarian. With ten other activists, Jack and I held a three-day Fast for
Farm Animals in front of a Cincinnati slaughterhouse (three days being the amount of time farmed animals often go without food before slaughter). After the fast, Jack and I formed a group which eventually became Vegan Outreach, dedicated to preventing the most suffering possible.
You can order a free copy of our Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating at:
http://www.facebook.com/susie.v.kaufman -- better info on me.
Emotional -- ohhhh, very, VERY emotional. But I will do my damndest to defend someone wronged -- however, if it's I being attacked, I just fall apart. I simply cannot deal with it. I don't like that.
Visit an out-of-date www.tagworld.com/Krinda.
I am passionate about the rights of all sentient beings, as well as Mother Earth. I will never again eat -- or wear -- any part of an animal, or any poor animal's "byproducts." I've been a vegetarian since I was 12, and became totally vegan about nine years ago. I do believe that Jesus (who was assassinated for his peaceful, loving ways) would have been a vegan.
It's not "wild," but I CHOSE to be a single parent. I planned on having a baby in my mid-30s since I was about 12 years young. I had a long list of "live donors," and wanted a son born on February 1st 1982, so on May 7th 1981 ("Conception Day"), I rang up the one of three available candidates for that particular day and, in one "try," got pregnant. The gestation period was EXACTLY 266 days, to the HOUR (even!), and my entire pregnancy was SO MUCH FUN-FUN-FUN! I peacefully birthed at home, surrounded by friends and the music of Keith Jarrett. There was never a moment's pain, as I knew would be the case, and February 1st 1982 was a real party! Yep, I had the son I'd always hoped I would, and I love him intensely.
Spay and neuter!
Don't eat our animal friends!
Peace on earth!
Read, read, read!
What Gives Me Hope
Intelligence and humor.
People helping our voiceless animal-friends.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
...immediately finding someone actually GOOD to REPLACE me!
What/who changed my life and why
WOODSTOCK changed my life. I had been pretty damn shy 'til then, and I was an intense music-lover, a peace activist, and really exhausted from all the anti-Vietnam War protests/organizing, scary stuff with the Civil Rights Movement, etc. So when Woodstock was looming, I definitely arranged to go, with a bunch of musician/guy-friends. It was THE most incredible experience (other than the home-birth of my son), and it definitely changed me. I will never, EVER forget my four days and nights at Woodstock, and I'm grateful I got to experience it with 499,999 other great people.