Vessels

Stravinsky said there was no tradition
behind his rite, that he simply
wrote what he heard, the vessel
through which the sacre passed,
and this is ritual without rote,
a rise of all things rooted
in dirt.  There is nothing holier
and more base than May,
and we know it, we who sing
in scales or words or color
what is given, what is blended and mixed
in this glass of our bodies
before it is poured out,
this time in libation.

***for your listening pleasure, click here to listen to The Adoration of the Earth from The Rite of Spring.  I can see the dancers, jumping down hard, pressing their feet flat as I listen to this.

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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19 Responses to Vessels

  1. nelle says:

    Reiki-esque, and it does feel that way in the creating.

  2. potterfan97 says:

    “There is nothing holier
    and more base than May,
    and we know it, we who sing
    in scales or words or color
    what is given, what is blended and mixed
    in this glass of our bodies
    before it is poured out of us again,
    this time in libation.”

    This part took my breath away. I’m speechless.

  3. A powerful rite in itself, our bodies as glass vessels out of which libation is poured. There is something primal and sensuous in the words of the poem. Beautiful, Susan 🙂

  4. Wisdom in a wilderness of sighs~ that’s my heartbeat as I read this!

  5. Spoken from the heart of a musician! Lovely, lovely write Susan!

  6. incredible – you are masterful

    • Paul, thank you so much! I really just wrote it down as fast as I heard it. I honestly do not understand this process we call writing–either music or poetry. Just glad sometimes the universe throws me something.

  7. mobius faith says:

    This poem takes me inside the music in such a magical mystical way. Well done Susan.

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