Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ribbons Undone

I've always loved the song "Ribbons Undone" by Tori Amos.  And, I've always understood it, in an intellectual way, at the very least.  But, I just got a picture from Kai's teacher of her 1st grade class... and it immediately made me think of that song.  And, no longer in any wistful or sentimental way... but, with a newfound understanding.  Like it was happening before my eyes.  Like I could taste the song and feel it rolling around in my mouth...  rather than simply hearing it.  I opened the file from her teacher and nearly gasped.  She just jumps out of that picture at me.  And with her toothless grin and her hip jutted to the side -- she just looks like a full on kid charging towards the next moments.... I see this picture and think, "my little pony is growing up fast... a pure flash of lightning.... running through spring..."  I see that picture and flash to her babyhood and adulthood all at once. "She's a girl, rising from a shell, running to spring... ribbons undone."  She's our girl.

Here are all the lyrics to the song:

She's a girl, rising from a shell
Running to spring
It is her time, it is her time
Watch her run with ribbons undone

She's a rose in a Lily's cloak
She can hide her charms
It is her right there will be time
To chase the sun with ribbons undone

She runs like a fire does just picking up daises
Comes in for a landing a pure flash of lightening
Past Alice Blue blossoms you follow her laughter
And then she'll surprise you arms filled with lavender

Yes my little pony, is growing up fast
She corrects me and says, "You mean a thorough bred"
A look in her eyes says the battle's beginning
From school she comes home and cries
I don't want to grow up Mom at least not tonight

You're a girl, rising from a shell
Running through spring
With summer's hand in reach now
It is your time, it is your time

So just run with ribbons undone
It is your time yes my angel
It is your time, so just run with ribbons undone
Run run, ribbons undone

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