Earthed

Jools and I are starting to write a song cycle on Space for the children’s choir at the Abbey. I wrote this while I was thinking about the project, and although I don’t think it will become lyrics, as we are going in a slightly different direction, I like it, so I thought it could become a poem. It makes me think irresistibly of my daughter’s partner, Luke, and their little son, Inigo, and the kind of relationship they share.

My Dad stands by me in the dark

And puts an arm around my back

To keep me warm.

To hug me warm.

 

Look up, he says;

Above your head..

In that black sky

Can you see light?

Small points of light

Up in the sky?

Filling the sky?

 

And as I look

And look and look

I see that darkness is

Not dark at all

But full of light

All full of light.

 

I hold his hand

His warm kind hand

I feel so dizzy standing there

As if the earth itself is air

Tipping

Under my feet

Slipping

Under my feet..

 

We’re not alone

We’re not alone

My dad says all those lights are worlds

Comets and stars and suns and moons

All sailing round us in the night..

And in the day

When we can’t see..

Who knows what’s there?

It’s all out there.

 

Perhaps one day

Perhaps one day..

I’ll fly right up and touch the stars

I’ll run along the milky way

And watch the Pleiades at play..

But for tonight

I’m safe on earth

My feet on earth

And with my Dad.

Close to my Dad…

 

Look up, he says;

Above your head..

In that black sky

Can you see light?

Small points of light

Up in the sky?

Filling the sky?

I can, say I.

 

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