At first we were all chatting, sending funny memes and dark-tinted jokes. Then we started to count our blessings and revel in our new-found freedom. We quizzed, we zoomed, we house partied. Then there was the dread of returning to a difficult normality, and the challenges of transitioning. And now, it is so quiet.

There is nothing much to say. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t need each other at the moment.

It got me thinking that it’s really difficult to break a silence unless you feel like what you’re saying is helpful or revolutionary in some way. Is this comfortable numbness that we are too apathetic to break? A weighted blanket on the cot? Or is it the case that we are burying things because we are used to having our utterances blown along in the chatter? We don’t really want them to go centre stage into a silent auditorium. They are not sufficient; not world-shattering or brilliant enough.

Anyway, that’s a long way of saying that nobody blogged for WAF this week. So, I thought I would share some lyrics, because it is going around in my head and feels apt.

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow

But if we are wise

We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you’re not strong

And I’ll be your friend

I’ll help you carry on

For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need

Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride

If I have things you need to borrow

For no one can fill those of your needs

That you won’t let show

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand

We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand

We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me, when you’re not strong

And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on

For it won’t be long

‘Til I’m gonna need

Somebody to lean on

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand

We all need somebody to lean on

I just might have a problem that you’ll understand

We all need somebody to lean on

If there is a load you have to bear

That you can’t carry

I’m right up the road
I’ll share your load

If you just call me (call me)
If you need a friend (call me) call me uh huh (call me) if you need a friend (call me)
If you ever need a friend (call me)
Call me (call me) call me (call me) call me
(Call me) call me (call me) if you need a friend
(Call me) call me (call me) call me (call me) call me (call me) call me (call me)

Bill Withers (1972)

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