In 1966 Simon and Garfunkel wrote a song “I am a rock, I am an island”; I share the lyrics with you, to allow you to contrast their island, which lost touch, with our island.. today touchable alive and remembered.. I shared the words with you at the Ampleforth Village Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 10 November 2019, little knowing then how much they would come alive for us in the pandemic..
I am a rock and I am an island in a deep and dark December I am alone gazing from my window to the streets below on a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow I am a rock, I am an island
I’ve built walls, a fortress, steep and mighty that none may penetrate I have no need of friendship friendship causes pain its laughter and its loving I disdain I am a rock, I am an island
Don’t talk of love well I’ve heard the words before its sleeping in my memory and I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died if I had never loved, I never would have cried I am a rock, I am an island
I have my books and my poetry to protect me I am shielded in my armour hiding in my room, safe within my womb I touch no-one and no-one touches me I am a rock, I am an island
..and a rock feels no pain and an island never cries..
..contrast their island, which lost touch, with our island; today touchable, alive and remembered ..
..we pray that no one in our Village and locality, in Week 7 of the lockdown, still feel they are an island of old, as we give thanks for all who cross divides of islands now, to “touch” the lonely, the food poor, and the anxious.. ..may each and all feel loved, valued for who they are, and that they belong..