Breathing Song

(note: I wrote this in September 2010 as the text for a song honoring Thomas Edward Morgan on the 25th anniversary season of the Ars Nova Singers.)

Breathing Song

The music of breath,
an intimacy where words
are but rough clothing,
ill-fitting.

Song speaks a thread through
the labyrinth of years, joining
hearts that shelter truth—
that fragile flame, that warmth
that gives us strength to
see beauty,
and create,
and say Yes.

Lives once touched
by its primal call
never forget, forever bear
an imprint of gratitude
toward those who
make possible
this communion.

The music of breath,
breathing song,
giving voice
to longings that lie
beyond words.

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