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Miserere and Benedicere are the Latin words for either the simple infinitive or the imperative of "have mercy" and "bless" respectively.
The words below are not the lyrics to the song by the same name (link posted at bottom) but are my own prose-poem about loss, misery and the blessing that can come from even our darkest night.
I am neither saint in this nor worthless sinner -
for all my weeping wretchedness and grief
for all the blame I heap upon your head
I am not faultless in the shattered glass of us.
I loved you then and love you still
without ever having loved you well enough.
Miserere. . .
I am neither rock nor island and yet
at times I feel as remote and as dead
as some deserted volcanic atoll
where the living fire that I once was
has cooled not just to graying ash
but compressed into unmovable stone..
Miserere. . .
I am neither romantic lover nor spiteful hater
bent on feeding my fantasies or stoking my anger.
I may beat my breast in misery at dawn of every day
but my heart whispers another more grateful truth -
listen, listen, everything but love is a lie
and real love is never wasted, never lost.
Miserere. . .benedicere. . .
We are neither of us all dark or all light
though we've borne our shadows without grace.
We've let our inner lamps go dim, and yet,
I know that we have not begun to understand
that where we are is where we're meant to be this day,
that some deep sorrows and deeper joys are inseparable.
Miserere. . .benedicere. . .
We are neither our past nor our future -
Our past is in ruins, a Pompeii of rubble,
the future but a cruel chimera of wishful dreams.
We have, in the end, only this present in which to love,
to be all that we can be and be true to ourselves
and in this way only bring peace to each other.
Benedicere. . .
� Lianne Schneider December 2011
Please enjoy the incredible voices of Andrea Bocelli and John Mills in an amazing performance of the song "Miserere" (from which I took the title of my own piece) written by Zucchero Fornaciari and Bono at
Background - InertiaBG36 - InertiaK of deviantArt
Model - Florentine_6 by auroradreams-d4jk2ao - deviantArt
Ruins- Wicklow 11 by Faestock - deviantArt
Volcano - my own from a previously created image
Texture - Ombre3 by Ravenstocks - deviantArt
Additional textures - Shadowhouse Creations or purchased
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June 29th, 2012
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