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The Daily Whim

Fri. May 16, 2003

Johnny and June

Johnny and June – I’ve never been a fan of country music, though I have come to appreciate a lot of Johnny Cash’s work over the years. But this isn’t really about music.

“Ring of Fire” was a piece of music, one that millions loved, but it was also a unique story of commitment between one woman and one man.

“The taste of love is sweet
When hearts like ours meet.
I fell for you like a child—Oh, but the fire ran wild.”

In recent years, it was the Man who was in ill health. The hard years he lived when “the fire ran wild” took their toll, but it appeared he got through the worst of it. It also appeared the love and prayers of his wife were a great strength for him during his illness.

And now she’s gone.

In every interview I saw with June Carter Cash, she had such a calm and assured presence, a real spiritual brightness, that I am left with no doubt that today she’s in a better place. But I am mostly left with a very dark image in my mind that represents one tiny piece of the sense of loss Johnny Cash must feel today.

And there is nothing anyone can say that will even touch it.


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