The Impossible Dream …

My a.m. post this morning was a reblog of a post by Dr. John Persico.  I don’t know if you read the comments on his post or not, but in the back-and-forth comments between he and I, he reminded me of this song and said he hoped the lyrics would help to inspire me to keep on keeping on.  He was right … and they do.  I hope they do the same for you this morning, after another mass shooting here in the U.S. last night.  I actually posted this song back in 2018, and for some reason have never reduxed it!

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.

*For any who would like to learn more about Dr. John Persico, here is a brief introduction: 

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    • Thank you so much for the reblog, Vic! I greatly appreciate it! Yes, today’s climate can be defeating, but … we must keep on fighting, keep on trying to do our part to make this world a little better place, yes?


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