(Updated) November Rain

I’m back blogging, after a four-day blogosphere hiatus.

Don’t ask me why please. But to give you an idea, I started the month with a coverage of at least 10 cemeteries in Davao for Nov. 1 and 2!

Of course I love this job. At one point, I was amazed at the way people remember the dead. Going around made me realize that humanity has indeed never shut its door to those who came before.

It’s probably human nature.

But my exposure to the reality of death in their cities, also made me feel a bit depressed. I’m really glad I’m alive with some more borrowed time.

Guess why, I talked to a lot of people who lost their dear departed’s graves in the course of time. Talking to Manang Linda, from Calinan, opened my eyes to massive displacement even in death! OF course they found the bones of her daughter who died in 1990 of illness.

She wasn’t in tears when I talked to her shortly after noon in her daughter’s new tomb. But I saw how she loved her daughter. “I still pray for her,” she said.

Sorry to Mamutong that I didn’t post anything on Nov. 1. This is all but a cheery post. I guess the reporter in me prevailed. Thanks to you for dropping by often!

However, I have worthy realizations sans the blog posts. Even in death, as in life – there is so much inequality. But Manang Linda showed me that love is above all, no amount of disparity can take it out. Families will always be families, even or specially with death.

Isn’t that amazing? Love sans borders. With that, I thought of all the flowers, candles, food, and fanfare spread in the cemeteries are all about its expressions.

I thought of of it as money “wasted”. But those gifts probably means more to those who offere it. Not to forget the multiplier effect to the economy too with the re-distribution of income. Indeed, the cemeteries in those two days of remembrance have become havebs for business and people to earn a living. Read this story.

Yes, my reflections about having a good life and making the most out of itoutweights any depressive mood.

Yes, October turned out well and even if I’m not too happy, I am not also sad.

By the way, the title of the post goes for the Guns N’ Roses hit “November Rain” with lyrics as follows and a link to an MTV. I liked that song in the good old days and I just want to use it for this update.

November Rain
When I look into your eyes
I can see a love restrained
But darlin’ when I hold you
Don’t you know I feel the same
‘Cause nothin’ lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it’s hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain
We’ve been through this such a long long time
Just tryin’ to kill the pain
But lovers always come and lovers always go
An no one’s really sure who’s lettin’ go today
Walking away
If we could take the time to lay it on the line
I could rest my head
Just knowin’ that you were mine
All mine
So if you want to love me
then darlin’ don’t refrain
Or I’ll just end up walkin’
In the cold November rain

Do you need some time…on your own
Do you need some time…all alone
Everybody needs some time…on their own
Don’t you know you need some time…all alone
I know it’s hard to keep an open heart
When even friends seem out to harm you
But if you could heal a broken heart
Wouldn’t time be out to charm you

Sometimes I need some time…on my
own Sometimes I need some time…all alone
Everybody needs some time…on their own
Don’t you know you need some time…all alone

And when your fears subside
And shadows still remain, ohhh yeahhh
I know that you can love me
When there’s no one left to blame
So never mind the darkness
We still can find a way
‘Cause nothin’ lasts forever
Even cold November rain

Don’t ya think that you need somebody
Don’t ya think that you need someone
Everybody needs somebody
You’re not the only one
You’re not the only one. Watch video here.


About mindanaw

A Journalist from Mindanao

2 responses to “(Updated) November Rain”

  1. Nick Nichols says :

    Good post. Complex theme. This will do just fine.

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