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For Ancient Trees Weeping Once a Year

Music: Concerto for Organ and Orchestra Op7 no1 mvt2.
George Frideric Handel. Performed by The Advent Chamber Orchestra at the Free Music Archive
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For ancient trees weeping once a year
Old, dried-out tears that congregate in dreams,
Roots cracking stones, branches thick as tropes,
Threatening roofs and power lines and bones;
Yet these remain our spirits' dearest homes,

Their silence irrefutable as popes,
Wild serenities, hushing all our schemes:
One's life must be more than pride and lust and fear.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon





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