Endless Loop: Broken World

blackheartprocessionHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Broken World” by The Black Heart Procession

I wrote this in the morning hours of Wednesday, November 9th, 2016. And while I’ve had a few days to process everything, I don’t feel any better about any of it. Everything still feels broken.

Things certainly feel bleak this morning, as I’m sure they will continue to do for the foreseeable future. The weather was cold(ish), rainy, and dreary as I took the dog for a run, a somber air hanging over my little section of central Texas suburbia. Or maybe I was just projecting. My heart hurts right now. And I’m at a loss. And I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to think. I don’t know what to do. My wife is on the verge of tears. My sons (thankfully) don’t understand what’s going on. My friends are sending each other much needed words of love. But there is a deep sadness and a deep worry that permeates everything.

I don’t know what to do.

To any and all of my friends and family who are women, or gay, or disabled, or brown, or black, or Mexican, or Muslim, I’m truly sorry. To any and all people I’ve never met before who are women, or gay, or disabled, or brown, or black, or Mexican, or Muslim, I’m truly sorry. I want to think that things will work out in the end, but I’ve never really been an optimist.

Strangely enough, I chose to write about The Black Heart Procession’s “Broken World,” from 2002’s Amore del Tropico, well before any returns or results were announced by the media. How prescient.

“In this broken world, our time is through.”


Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

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