Cieli di Toscan

Everything slows down in Autmun. I literally feel like I age more slowly in Autumn. Autumn is a season where purposes are realized and fulfilled. I find myself much more introspective in the Autumn; pensive even. This is not so much a melancholoy state of mind for me, rather a content one. The Lord has often delivered me out of worrisome times in the Autumn. This year appears to be no different. Several weeks ago my Bride was told that her Pap Smear indicated some abnormal cells. Yesterday she endured a colposcopy and biopsy. While the biopsy results are a week away, the doctor indicated that the colposcopy was very encouraging. Anyone who has found themselves praying for my family and I — not even knowing why — I want to thank you!

I also find Autumn a special time of the year for certain music. One of my absolute favorites for Autumn is Cieli di Toscan by Andrea Bocelli. I have listened to this repeatedly over the past couple of days and I’m convinced L’ Ultimo Re is the shower solos to end all shower solos.

L’ Incontro opens with a poem written by Andrea and recited by Bono. While my children are no longer of the age written about in this poem, the moment is still very vivid in my memory. Enjoy:

While like a giant – proud and happy
I take my baby in my arms
Fragile, innocent and alive
And like a little bird he’s
Pushing against my chest
Abandoned quiet and safe
For an instant almost sweetly
My destiny appears to me like a dream
And I see myself, old and surrendered,
Seated there near the coalfire
Waiting for the evening with
the anxiety of a child,
Just to see him coming back home
With the gift of his smile
Of his words and kindness
It’s like a promise that can
solve the enormous joy
Of one of his caresses.
Then I wake up and I’ve already forgotten
But inside of me the kid’s trapped
soul advises me
That this new born child is already more important to me than that of my own life…