A Poetic Drive with Old Friends

Today, I discovered, by personal experience, that the drive from my house in Templeton to the Kennedy Club Fitness gym in Paso Robles is exactly the listening time of “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. Pulling out of my driveway it started on the car stereo and finished as I turned into the parking lot … a nice way to travel. One of my favorite lines: “And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune, then the piper will lead us to reason. And the new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter.” The “piper” and “those who stand long” … really makes me wonder.

If there is a natural law written on the human heart, then it is expressed in common, universal desires.  We cannot be sure of Robert Plank was contemplating, or in his words  really wondering, by writing lines like “… Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”  What we do know that he wrote of the universal quest for human meaning or flourishing with phrases reaching into our  inner lives “’cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.”

Since all truth is God’s truth, Mr. Plant and his colleagues in the band may not have known that there is a “piper” leading us to reason and calling us to join him on the single path to Heaven: Jesus of Nazareth.


About Jeff Zippi

Jeff Zippi is a follower of Jesus Christ ... born and raised in Los Angeles, a graduate of California State University, Northridge (B.A., History) and The Talbot School of Theology at Biola University (M. Div., Theology), a high school humanities teacher emeritus (35 years in the classroom), a long time baseball coach (currently at Templeton High School), currently living in San Luis Obispo County of California's Central Coast region and married to Christine since 1976 with two awesome children, Peter and Melat.
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