Imagine

08Dec10

I can’t believe it’s been 30 years since John Lennon’s murder. I still vividly remember hearing the news.

“Who would kill a Beatle?” I asked my mom. “Why?!” She had no answers.

Life is senseless sometimes. Sometimes, the bad guys win and the poets are gunned down. And yet, it’s wonderful to know that sometimes our legacies take on a life of their own. Such is the case with John Lennon.

Esteban and his friend Bill are off to the 31st annual John Lennon Tribute at First Avenue. I’m more content to stay at home and read different writers’ takes on Lennon as a musician, a poet, and a comedian.

Either way, it seems fitting to remember the man who became a pop star — but who always remained a dreamer at his core. 30 years later, I still like to imagine John Lennon’s world:

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

How sad that Lennon’s ideals remain dreams, and that we still have to imagine a world of brotherhood … if we can.

Rest in peace, John Lennon. You may have been a dreamer, but you weren’t the only one.



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