Lyrics/Poetry

The Rose of Jericho

One leaf out of the fire

West wind taking it higher

One year after forever

two hands coming together

 

And now their roots are protected

and green is starting to show

for here there’s life unexpected

like the rose of Jericho

One earth, something has shifted

One left, soon to be lifted

 

One skin just like another

One night, flight undercover

 

And now their roots are protected

and green is starting to show

for here there’s life unexpected

unfolding like the rose of Jericho

 

Where fire cools

in bright night skies

where desert winds

sing lullabies where stones can move

with featherweight

an open door an open gate.

 

There are stories carved

in rings so deep

but the lines thought lost

have been found complete.

Poetry by Don Macdonald and Allison Girvan

 

When the Earth Stands Still

Come listen in the silence of the moment before rain comes down.
There’s a deep sigh in the quiet of the forest and the tall tree’s crown.

Now hold me.
Will you take the time to hold me and embrace the chill?
Or miss me,
will you take the time to miss me when the earth stands still?

Cause there’s no use running
cause the storm’s still coming
and you’ve been running for too many years.

Come listen in the silence of the moment before shadows fall.
Feel the tremor of your heartbeat matching heartbeat as we both dissolve.

Now hold me….

Cause there’s no use running
cause the storm’s still coming
and you’ve been running for too many years.

So stay with me, held in my arms
Like branches of a tree
They’ll shelter you for many years.

Don Macdonald

Two people in love experience life in different ways. One person is consumed with worrying about the coming storm (the future) and the other realizes that the storm is coming but chooses to “embrace” the moment rather than live a life “running” in fear from it. We all share some sort of fear about what lies before us, fear about profound future events such as our own mortality or more mundane things like a trip to the dentist. The poem is a call to a loved one to be present in the moment – to really see and reflect on simple things like the rain, the quiet, and the cool breeze – it is in these moments that we can greater appreciate the love we have for one another or the feeling of loss for someone that is gone.