Chicken Soup Brigade

I still have this magnet after all of these years.

I still have this magnet after all of these years.

Tonight, I looked at a journal entry from September 27, 1993.  Back then, I was working as a coordinator for an organization called The Chicken Soup Brigade; which was a grass-roots non-profit, in Seattle, for people living with AIDS.  In ’93, people were still dying left and right.  I was attending, on average, a funeral a week.  It was a grim time.  I spent my youth watching my entire circle of friends pass away (over a period of a year).  But, it sure felt good to do everything that I could to make those still alive feel comfortable.  And, according to my journal, my favorite song (on this date) was “Nightswimming,” a sung by my favorite 1990’s band (R.E.M.):


Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
The photograph on the dashboard taken years ago
Turned around backwards so the windshield shows
Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse
Still, it’s so much clearer
I forgot my shirt at the water’s edge
The moon is low tonight

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
I’m not sure all these people understand
It’s not like years ago
The fear of getting caught
Of recklessness and water
They cannot see me naked
These things they go away
Replaced by everyday

Nightswimming remembering that night
September’s coming soon
I’m pining for the moon
And what if there were two
Side by side in orbit
Around the fairest sun?
That bright tight forever drum
Could not describe nightswimming

You, I thought I knew you
You, I cannot judge
You, I thought you knew me
This one laughing quietly underneath my breath

The photograph reflects
Every streetlight a reminder
Nightswimming deserves a quiet night, deserves a quiet night


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