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I once came across an interesting passage on the afterlife…from St. Gregory of Nyssa, I think. He stated that when the veil of this life was torn, all would come face to face with the staggering love of the Creator - the source of all being and the unknown aim of all our desire. For those who were prepared for it - having cultivated kindness within their hearts - he said it would be an indescribable joy, while for those closed off to it by their own selfishness it would prove an unbearable torment. Which had me wondering if (should such hopes in the soul’s immortality prove true) when faced with the dawn of that unending day, I could ever crawl out of my petty self and into It.

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when Jonas saw the light did he take fright
did he recoil when it seemed to spoil his mood
when Jonas met that dawn, did he curse the sun that shone
upon that gloom which he consumed like it was food

did Jonas regret the years spent in that vale of tears
which he would not let himself leave behind
and did Jonas shut his ears from the singing of the spheres
or did it soothe his overused and aching mind

high above the town
what did he see when he looked down
at the edge of space
did he look down to see he had a place
and of the faces rushing by
as he scaled the summit of the sky
of those flying past
did one linger as the last

when Jonas met that day was he dismayed
did he bid it go away, wish it was night
or was Jonas overjoyed to be flung into that void
where all he knew vanished from view, slipped from his sight

did Jonas lament at last how quick his days had passed
did he mourn to be torn from them so soon
and did Jonas have a care from those now waiting there
gathered in his dim and silent room

up through the thinning air
did his sight become more clear
did he alight upon that place
that could erase his pride and pain
and in those starlit climes
did he reflect on misspent times
did he wish he could undo his days
and live them all again

when Jonas saw the light.....

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from Where The Galleon Sank, released February 10, 2017

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KOBO TOWN Toronto, Ontario

Founded by Trinidadian-Canadian Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born. Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter. In the world of Kobo Town calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instrumentation meet innovative production techniques, social commentary and indie rock attitude. ... more

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