Friday, February 15, 2008

Does heaven have enough angels yet?


Taking a moment to grieve and miss my sister Tammy, I went through some photos while listening to music. This song came on, and I dissolved into tears when I heard Tracy Chapman asking "Does heaven have enough angels yet?" Such an achingly sad song. I flashed to Caro laying in her bed, arms slathered with methadone and promethazine and haloperidol. She looks like an angel when she is sleeping, when her face is smooth and peaceful. And we find ourselves asking when heaven will want to add another angel, when her suffering will end...


The Only One - Tracy Chapman (Telling Stories album)

She was the only one
Of my flesh and blood
Now I have no calling
I can do no worldly good

I sit silent
I sit mourning
I sit listless all the day
I've mostly lost the voice to speak
And any words to say except
Does heaven have enough angels yet?

I've gone hard
And I've gone cold
I can't make the piece of this cracked life fit
Please forgive me for wanting to know
Does heaven have enough angels yet?

Together oh together
No there'll be no more of that
But I would not dare for myself to ask
Does heaven have enough angels yet?


She was the only one
Of my own flesh and blood
Sometimes I hear her calling
Straight from the house of god

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