In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
 Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
 In the bleak midwinter, long ago. Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
 Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
 In the bleak […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

I keep mixing and remixing. Here’s another version of “Thanks,” just in time for tomorrow. I think it’s the best yet. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody…EF “If the only prayer You ever prayed In your entire life was “Thank You,“ It would be enough.” — Meister Eckhart https://soundcloud.com/eric-folkerth/thanks THANKS For mountains green with aspen stands, fluttering like […]

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September

Do you remember the 21st night of September?Love was changing the minds of pretendersWhile chasing the clouds away. Our hearts were ringingIn the key that our souls were singing.As we danced in the night,Remember how the stars stole the night away. Ba de ya – Say do you remember?Ba de ya – Dancing in September?Ba […]

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At Least

I want to get up early one more morning,before sunrise. Before the birds, even.
I want to throw cold water on my face
and be at my work tablewhen the sky lightens and smokebegins to rise from the chimneys
of the other houses.
I want to see the waves break
on this rocky beach, not just hear thembreak as I […]

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Where Everything Is Music

Don’t worry about saving these songs!And if one of our instruments breaks,it doesn’t matter. We have fallen into the placewhere everything is music. The strumming and the flute notesrise into the atmosphere,and even if the whole world’s harpshould burn up, there will still behidden instruments playing. So the candle flickers and goes out.We have a […]

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Icarus Ascending

Soaring alone upon a threatening windJust fix your eyes on the horizonCut off from everything you’ve known or have beenI shouldn’t think it’s so surprisingSpiraling upward on a freshening liftReaching the realms of fleet ApolloYou have been given the most sacred of giftsYou must be fearless now and follow Don’t look down, Though your heart […]

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The Sea Refuses No River

I remember being richer than a king The minutes of the day were goldenI recall that when the joint passed roundMy body felt a little colderBut now I’m like a sewer channel -running lime and scagLet me get at the master panel – let me at my stack The sea refuses no riverAnd right now […]

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Lost

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside youAre not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,Must ask permission to know it and be known.The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,I have made this place around you,If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.No two […]

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