The Valley

from by Jennifer Kimball

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lyrics

THE VALLEY
I stood again long wanderer, child,
where the valley opened wide;
the forest veil in serenade
as inside a columned room.
They stood apart and open:
linden, poplar, beech.
The fern-cooled floor grew rich with trees
at rest among them I could see
that something’s changed, in them or me,
tall guardians of time.
As deeply furrowed as the brow,
skin fluted, vertical, lined.
In earth, in blood, in mind
the dead and living into each other pass.
The wind will sway and sing these trees
but it could throw me off my feet.
I gaze up through these opened crowns
into the ageless embrace.
In earth, in blood, in mind
the dead and living into each other pass.

credits

from Avocet, released March 3, 2017
Words/music Jennifer D. Kimball (inspired by Wendell Berry's poem "In Rain."
Arranging/producing Alec Spiegelman

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