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The Plover's Nest

written & performed by: Bob Jensen

@FirstTimeSinceA

 

 

As I chase the heathered path

Between the ivory sea and heaven

The gannet's acrobatics

Fairly lift my buoyant eyes

Though I'm light upon the sweetgrass

As a soul that's fully leavened

I do not see the plover's tiny nest

there undisguised

For the heavens call a man

As they hail a coltish boy

And the moon's a compass

For the drunken heart

And the feet that leave the Earth

In unmitigated joy

Are heedless to the undiscerning path

That they will chart

When I fall from heaven

Drunk, and graceless and alone

I pray I will not crush

That tiny Shell upon

Those unforgiving stones

For each minnow that I've taken

From the morning's bright and pristine,

Hopeful stream

Does this steady burn of teardrops

count as alms

To recompense their stolen gleam

Reckless is the fool

Whose path he does impel

With carelessness

Upon this joyful run

For each time I've been unkind

Or tread upon a tiny shell

Regret is like the helpless trout

Laid in the midday sun

When I fall from heaven

Drunk, and graceless and alone

I pray I will not crush

That tiny Shell upon

Those unforgiving stones

For each minnow that I've taken

From the morning's bright and pristine,

Hopeful stream

Does this steady burn of teardrops

count as alms

To recompense their stolen gleam

 

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

Because this poem was written specifically around a piece of music called Gnossienne No. 1 (Eric Satie, 1890) the rhythm of it may not be apparent when read off the page.

When I first heard the piece of music, Gnossienne No. 1 performed by my friend Tony McManus, I just knew I had to write a poem to go with it. It is the most heart wrenching, lyrical melody one could imagine. Gnossienne No. 1 was written by Eric Satie in 1890. Tony's version appears on his CD called Mysterious Boundaries.

*The music is used here with Tony’s kind permission.

For more information on Tony visit his website: http://www.tonymcmanus.com/

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Bob Jensen

Bob Jensen

Bob Jensen has been writing poetry, music and prose his whole life.
He currently resides in Prince Edward Island, Canada where he works as a booking agent for folk musicians from around the world.
His award winning novel, The Matchbox Funeral, is available on Amazon.
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