Tears from a Star

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On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are

In 1987 when Sting wrote this song on the beautiful and exotic island of Montserrat in the British West Indies, it was a eulogy to Benjamin Ernest Linder, American Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. He was killed by the Contras in April 1987.

“Benjamin Linder had a dream. He wanted his life to make a difference. He wanted to contribute something important, something of service to those in need, something of his own to give back to others.

“In his three and a half years in Nicaragua, this is exactly what he did. Graduating in 1983 with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, he left his home in Oregon to live and work in Nicaragua, developing and building small hydroelectric plants in the town of El Cuá and San José de Bocay, bringing electricity to villages in northern Nicaragua for the first time.”
http://liberationtheology.org/library/ben_linder_remembrance.htm

The fragility of human life on this planet traversing the cosmos is a poignant reality many face each day. From natural disasters like the Nepal earthquake to the bloody executions in the Middle East, men, women and children are innocents caught in the cataclysmic struggles of a violent world.

Perhaps, given our physical make-up of star stuff it is appropriate to view tears from a star. Humans cry.

Like stars humans are born. They age and eventually die to be recycled back into the streams of life.

Growing up, I heard the old saying that once you died you became one of the stars in the midnight heavens. As children we had no idea what stars were. What is sad is that most of our progenitors had no idea either.

How could they? The midnight heavens with its star formations and meteors streaks awed the human viewers. The heavens were for gods and heroes, and earth with its vast limitations was for humans.

With the star canopy above wars and natural upheavals have touched humans since emergence. The earth has absorbed so much human blood that its cry probably in some mystical way can be heard by the stars.

With advances in science and technology it seems to have little effect on the hostilities of nature and other humans. In many ways humans, especially women and children, die in the same ways each day as their predecessors did.

Can the world be changed? We have little control over natural intrusions into our daily lives.

Helping others who are facing the ravages of nature or the inhumanity of those born under an angry star is the best that we can do in the present. Ben Linder wrote in a letter the following words:

“I see the kids and I feel like taking them all away to a safe place to hide until the war stops and the hunger stops and El Cuá becomes strong enough to give them the care they deserve. The pied piper of El Cuá. But I can’t do that, and even if I could it wouldn’t help the neighboring towns. So instead, I try to put in light, and hope for the best.” Benjamin Linder

Going back to the song

That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could
For all those born beneath an angry star

Today give someone a glimmer of light and a promise of hope. A helping hand can do wonders for those who have nothing.

G. D. Williams © 2015

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References:

FRAGILE

If blood will flow when fresh and steel are one
Drying in the color of the evening sun
Tomorrow’s rain will wash the stains away
But something in our mind will always stay

On and on the rain will fall
On and on the rain will fall
Perhaps this final act was meant to clinch a lifetime’s argument
That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could
For all those born beneath an angry star
Lest we forget how fragile we are
On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star
(Like tears from a star)
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are
(How fragile we are)

If blood will flow when fresh and steel are one
Drying in the color of the evening sun
Tomorrow’s rain will wash the stains away
But something in our mind will always stay
On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star
Like tears from a star
On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are
How fragile we are

On and on the rain will fall
The rain will fall
(How fragile we are)
The rain will fall
(How fragile we are)
The rain will fall
(How fragile we are)
The rain will fall

http://www.songlyrics.com/sting/fragile-lyrics/#zdBzYoM5hqF2yfLH.99

Montserrat, British West Indies

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