The Impossible Dream …

Yesterday, I posted the John Lennon song, Imagine, and most of you liked it and noted how wonderful it would be to live in the world of Lennon’s imagination.  Last night, our friend Nan made the following comment:

As much as I regret saying it, I fear his words will remain as “imagination” for the foreseeable future.
But it is nice to dream such a dream …

On reading her comment, another song immediately came to mind, and I share it with you today, for I think it is fitting for the moment.  There are many, many versions of this by a variety of singers (even Gomer Pyle did one!) but this is the man, Richard Kiley, who sang the original in Man of La Mancha, and I find it the most moving and powerful …

The Impossible Dream

Lyrics by Joe Darion
Music by Mitch Leigh

To dream the impossible dream,
to fight the unbeatable foe,
to bear with unbearable sorrow,
to run where the brave dare not go.

To right the unrightable wrong,
to love pure and chaste from afar,
to try when your arms are too weary,
to reach the unreachable star.

This is my quest,
to follow that star —
no matter how hopeless,
no matter how far.

To fight for the right
without question or pause,
to be willing to march into hell for a
heavenly cause.

And I know if I’ll only be true to this
glorious quest
that my heart will be peaceful and calm
when I’m laid to my rest.

And the world will be better for this,
that one man scorned and covered with scars
still strove with his last ounce of courage.
To reach the unreachable stars.

20 thoughts on “The Impossible Dream …

  1. Dear Jill,
    We the people” are reaching for that ” Impossible Dream” of a country that is vibrant, where all its truly generous peoples are treated fairly, respectfully and with dignity and with not just tolerance for those who are different but recognizing their value for what they contribute to the USA. Like Martin Luther King said, “We have a dream:
    ” I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

    I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

    I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

    I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

    I have a dream today.

    I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

    I have a dream today.

    I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

    This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • There has never been a speech given that moved me more than Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. I listen to it periodically when I need to be reminded that there is hope. And never once have I listened to it that it didn’t bring me to tears. Thank you for reminding me of it tonight, my friend. I truly do not know if we can fix what is broken this time, but with spirits and hearts like yours, there is certainly hope. Hugs. ❤

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  2. Jill, this fantastic song is the best from the great musical “Man of La Mancha” about Don Quixote’s insane quest. While sometimes we know fighting for a cause is futile, there are times when we still must don our faux armor and charge a windmill. I recognize the Serenity Prayer counterbalances this, but we still must – it is like calling Congresspeople and Senators. It is necessary, but unlikely to change opinion. The only calls that matter are made after high dollar donations. Keith

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    • I agree with you. The day I stop fighting for causes will be the day I take my final breath. And if we no longer chase our dreams, then what have we to live for? Though I have never seen Man of La Mancha, I have always loved the story of Don Quixote. Perhaps I should see if Amazon has it to watch online …

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      • Jill, you should go see it, but don’t be late. The second best song opens the show. We were a few minutes late to a performance and they held us until the song was over.

        My boss sent me the Serenity Prayer as I would fight for a cause. In a matrix management world, I have fought to save a few people that were being let go unjustly. I was able to save one and delay the departure of another, but most were unsuccessful. I told my boss that fighting to save someone’s job or at least to offer additional favorable input is worth the effort. Keith

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        • I’m sure that seeing it would be quite an experience, but since my hearing is so poor, I usually prefer to watch online where I can have closed-captioning, else I cannot understand what is being said. But I would love to see it live!

          You are a person I would have liked working with, as we share very similar values. Yes, I couldn’t live with my conscience if I didn’t stand up for someone who I felt was being treated unjustly. I tend to be the one who sees a fight in the neighborhood and goes flying out the door without thinking, to break it up, or get the big kids to stop picking on the little ones, or in one instance, get the 6-foot man to stop beating on his girlfriend in the middle of the parking lot. It’s just my way, but my conscience lets me sleep at night.

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          • A bit off-topic, but from your first paragraph in your answer to Keith (about the online videos) — plus a couple of other things you’ve casually mentioned in other comments — I think we may be in a very similar place in life. Shhhh.

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            • Ahhhh … good to meet a fellow-traveler in this journey! My mind and body are engaged in a constant war, and for the most part I ignore the limitations of the body. I have been partly deaf since I had rheumatic fever as a very young child, and have only about 25% hearing now. Until a series of eye surgeries earlier this year, I was also going blind and could not see to write without holding a magnifying glass in front of the screen, but the surgeries worked and I am chuffed to be seeing colours that I had never seen before in my life! Hugs, my friend!

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  3. I love this one too, Jill. I feel I have to say that with as many spiritual people out there who long for change, I truly wonder how much time each of us spends in actual prayer and meditation calling to whatever power or force we have faith in to help affect the change in our human psyche that is needed to stop this death spiral for life on this beautiful planet. We spend an awful lot of time analyzing, dissecting, planning and predicting. How about some quality time each day focusing on the world we believe is possible? There is power in prayer and meditation, even if you don’t acknowldege the same higher power. When I take time to focus on positive forces my life truly takes a turn for the better. Just a thought. Let’s bring the brightest light into the world. 💕

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    • Lately I seem to be drawn to songs about hope, about … a better world. I am the absolute wrong-est person to ask about prayer and meditation, for I do neither. I gave up on religion so many years ago, after being victimized by the Christian community, and … well, I suppose I do meditate … I call it pondering, but either way, it is deep thinking about what is NOT right, and what are each of us doing to make it right. A higher power? I struggle with this one, for I think that if such a higher power existed, he/she/it would have stepped in long before now and stopped us from mindlessly killing each other for such stupidity as greed, skin colour and beliefs.

      That said, I fully agree with you … let us focus on the world we believe is possible, and let’s make an effort to be a part of bringing that world into reality. Let each of us find our niche, the way in which we can contribute to making the world a bit better. Let us, indeed, be part of that ‘brightest light’.

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      • Well then, we have a common bond. I, too, fell victim to the ugliness of religion, but it is people who make that happen. I don’t believe in a higher power as such that It controls, manipulates or chooses who is blessed and who is not. If you ever want to really know you can read my noevl Forever Nevet on my tropicalaffair blog. BUT, i feel there is an origianl source that IS the energy and power of pure, unconditional Love, that it transformed its loneliness in Existence into a thought that grew into creation. I believe we have the power to tap into that energy and that, in short, is what prayer does. Like magic, if you will. I will never believe in a God of judgment and vengeance. It really is about focus, seeing and believing what you wish to manifest into being. But it takes more than a village for our issues. Hugs Jill. Free will is what we have. What we choose to do with it is up to us.

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