Dog and Butterfly

For my old dog, who chases butterflies in her dreams…

Dog and Butterfly

There I was with the old man
Stranded again so off I’d ran
A young world crashing around me
No possibilities of getting what I need
He looked at me and smiled
Said “No, no, no, no, no child.

See the dog and butterfly. Up in the
Air he like to fly.”
Dog and butterfly
Below she had to try.
She roll back down
To the warm soft ground laughing
She don’t know why, she don’t know why
Dog and butterfly

Well I stumbled upon your secret place
Safe in the trees you had tears on your face
Wrestling with your desires frozen strangers
Stealing your fires. The message hit my mind
Only words that I could find

See the dog and butterfly
Up in the air he like to fly
Dog and butterfly below she had to try
She roll back down to the warm soft ground
Laughing to the sky, up to the sky
Dog and butterfly

We’re getting older the world’s getting colder
For the life of me I don’t know the reason why
Maybe it’s livin’ making us give in
Hearts rolling in taken back on the tide
We’re balanced together ocean upon the sky

Another night in this strange town
Moonlight holding me light as down
Voice of confusion inside of me
Just begging to go back where I’m free
Feels like I’m through
Then the old man’s words are true

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.
~ R.D. Laing

See the dog and butterfly
Up in the air he like to fly
Dog and butterfly, below she had to try
She roll back down to the warm soft
Ground with a little tear in her eye
She had to try, she had to try
Dog and butterfly
yeah
Up in the air, he liked to fly
The dog and butterfly, below she had to try
She rolled back down to the warm soft ground
Laughing she don’t know why
But she had to try she had to try
Dog and butterfly

If you look at psychiatric literature as a whole, there’s almost no mention in it of the non-human world, as if it just doesn’t matter. Indeed you find extreme examples of this in a development following World War 2 — existential therapy for example — it is simply assumed that human beings exist in the condition of alienation from nature. Indeed that’s the key problem that you have to address yourself to.
~ Theodore Roszak

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