breathe into this heart of wood,
promise springing full begun,
drawing closer as you play,
fingers dancing keys undone.

notch to rise and sapling seed,
rhythm telling hearts unbound,
note for note the urging made,
brilliant darkness spinning round.

lift the evening as you go,
nod to lead us into night,
turn inside your open chord,
twine again our storied life.

wood to brass and reed in time
swirling join heart to hand,
age to age the crossing made,
spirit bridging ocean span.


on the Daraja (“bridge”) Wind Ensemble playing above the notch, Gorham, N.H., Pentecost, 2016.


One thought on “heartwood

  1. Thanks….it must have been truly an inspiring concert to bring forth those words and images. Pat

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