California! Yeah! Okay, I'm
Dashing away beneath the slashes of moonlight
Silvery shimmers cutting through the night time
Racing through the hills not easily traveled
They're moving quickly through the nightshade forests
Huddling away from the narrow torchlights expanding in their sight
What had they done that was so wrong, I wondered
Drawing protectively nearer, facing people I thought I once knew
But suddenly horrific faces of disappoint, hatred, and disgust
"Stand aside," they tell me, grabbing, pulling and away my support from them
Unable to cry out as suddenly they're left alone
Unable to voice what I thought
But instead lost in the river of disfavor
Cast out like a tear into the sea beyond
"What had they done?" I wanted to scream at them
"What had they done so horribly wrong that makes you hate them so?"
But all I can hear is the drumming of the whispers
Meaningless, thoughtless, but more powerful than the truth
Pushing everyone who listened without a honing ear
To destroy the victims that deserved no such fate
"They loved each other, you wouldn't understand," they reply.
"Too young, not worldly enough, just believe us: this is best."
But I couldn't, wouldn't, didn't believe them
Because I knew what was inside my heart was best
And it wasn't the what the whispers said
They had been through too much
All they deserved was support
And yet I could see so little of that simple thing, want, and need
That I wondered what the people truly knew
Of their own minds or the whisper's voice?
Chasing away him, driving away her
Condemning, punishing, pulling them apart forever longer
Telling the other that their mate was dirt, trash and nothing more
Than the beautiful soul their eyes had seen
I couldn't understand why such a thing would be so shattering
All from such a simple thing as a whisper
Outraging the world, it seems, they're together
Stronger, braver, closer than before
Embracing close, careful of the babe in their arms
Keeping others away with guilt, peaceful silence, and love
They look at each other and whisper:
"I love you."
Such a tender thing, I thought, looking at their obvious affection
Until I heard the horrible whisper
Echoing from the group around
Letting me go as I flee to be by their side
Forever hearing the sounds of the whisper:
"There, they said it again!"
"Sometimes stars can only be seen in darkness."
"Sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier things."