I found this on the Drummer's personal page, and....

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Posted by Riccardo ( on March 06, 2001 at 04:57:31:

... I'm pretty sure I do not steal anything republishing this here .....
....May be just a Drummer a bit shy....:-)
I found this story really good, and I want to share with you all.

Ciao (and a special thanks to Dave...)

The Empty Room

Securely tucked inside the second floor bedroom of the brownstone, he sat motionless. Staring through the pane of glass in the empty room, he could see his ever-present corner of the world below. Children laughing, screaming and running in the street beneath the heat of the summer sun. Their existence being closest removed from their Creator, they didn't have a care or concern. The boy in the room, expressionless and observant, surveyed the children's every movement as he contemplated his own mundane existence. Hour after hour and day after day, obediently and attentively, the boy in the room examined the appearance of life beneath him. And the radio in the room played:

"When we were young the future was so bright.
The old neighborhood was so alive,
And every kid on the whole damn street,
Was gonna make it big and not be beat.
Now the neighborhood's cracked and torn.
The kids are grown up, but their lives are worn.
How can one little street swallow so many lives?"

The boy's alcoholic father remained on the first floor of the brownstone. Pathetic and weak, his self-pity poured from a bottle. Drowning in his misery, the father stood and drew the blinds to conceal himself from the outside world. Hour after hour and day after day, the father sat clutching his resentment and contempt for his only son. Submerged in bitterness, he remembered the day of contradiction. The day his only son came into existence. The same day the curtains closed on his wife's life. And the radio in the room played:

"Lightning crashes, an old mother dies.
Her intentions fall to the floor,
The angel closed her eyes.
The confusion that was hers,
Belongs now, to the baby down the hall."

The boy in the room remained fixed and established. Unable to move since the day he became a quadriplegic. The boy in the room continued to gaze through the window at the screaming and laughing children running in the street below. "I am a circumstance," the boy thought to himself. Above the window his father had placed the question asked by Jesus, as he hung from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" The boy didn't ask, "Why me?" but instead, he looked down at the children and thought, "Why not me?" and "Better me than anyone else." And the radio in the room played:

"So don't let the world bring you down.
Not everyone here is that fucked up and cold.
Remember why you came, and why you're alive.
Experience the warmth before you grow old."

The boy in the empty room stopped asking God, long ago, for the ability to touch, feel, scream. laugh and run with the children outside his window. Every single day the boy had prayed for God's hand to permit him the gift of movement. Every single day God's answer, always the same, echoed in the empty room, "No, no, no." And the radio in the room played:

"I never realized I was spread so thin.
To live was to late,
And I was empty within.
Hungry, feeding on the chaos and living in sin.
Downward spiral, where do I begin?
It all started when I lost my mother,
No love for myself and no love for another.
Searching to find love up on a higher level,
Finding nothing but questions and devils."

The father, asleep on the first floor, dreamed the nightmare that was his reality. That fateful night when he stumbled from the vehicle, drunk and unmarked, searching for his only son. The innocent boy, neck broken, lay beneath the unforgiving Oak tree that wouldn't yield to his catapulted body. No amount of intoxication performed the father's wish of euthanasia. And the radio in the room played.

"Faith is cold as ice.
Why are little ones born only to suffer,
For the want of immunity,
Or a bowl of rice?
Well, who would hold a price,
On the heads of the innocent children,
If there's some immortal power,
To control the dice?
We go out and take our chances.
Fate is just the weight of circumstances.
That's the way that lady luck dances."

And the radio continued to play in the empty room where I write, and where I created the boy and his father and the children below the window:

"I feel angry, I feel helpless.
I want to change the world.
I feel violent, I feel alone.
Don't try to change my mind."

Without invitation, I created the father and I created the boy. I had finally realized the overwhelming responsibility to put right what I had created. I did what the father's alcohol couldn't do. I erased from his mind the memories of his existence. I did what the boy's God didn't do. I allowed the boy to stand from his chair in the empty room. I handed the boy a lollipop and a dog and the puzzle that is life. I had the children invite the boy outside. I placed a smile on the boy's face. I watched from the window in the empty room as the boy laughed and screamed and ran with the children below. And I had the radio disappear into the abyss that was the empty room as it played for the last time:

"Because I'm losing my sight,
Losing my mind,
Wish somebody would tell me I'm fine.
Nothing's alright.
Nothing is fine.
I'm running and I'm crying."

Written by Dave

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