| Song of One
Solo: I woke upon another shore, beside an unfamiliar sea; where someone
came and spoke to me with words I couldn't understand. I felt the newness
of it all, and didn't cry, at first, for help; I didn't know I was alone.
Group: We who enter have been humbled
To the knowledge that we own;
We, who started off alone,
Have come together.
There was something we forgot;
In confusion we did stray,
'Til the rounded way
Reminded us again.
We are looking on an open ocean
Where constant breezes
Clouds escaping into nothingness;
Where waters rise,
And disappear in air,
And ambling, sun-filled shadows
Melt into the sands.
We have visions
Stretching far beyond this great horizon,
And we touch the burning sun
To feel the silent heart that's beating there.
Solo: I sing as if to know I am,
To understand what I can be.
I raise a shout and hear the call
Of one who answers 'Anything at all!'
I'd fly to somewhere else, and be
Where green is full and clear (like HERE)
I'd rise into the constant blue,
The open eye of someone's sea,
Where I could be alone and free,
Where I might disappear (like HERE)
Sunshine beams invade my skin
As, underneath my skin,
I feel a reason breaking free;
The scars of other seasons' wars
Grow still. They wear like something done,
But staying on, assuring me
That I am one.
And I can feel
Reality emerging from the rush
That warms and fills my heart;
This native heat, suffusing me,
Says I will not depart.
And I can count the losses of that other self,
Ignoring the protection of this mortal dawn,
And rising to the vacant hope and promise
Of those passing days, intent on my un-making;
I can let them go, forgive,
And gain possession,
An ocean gone has been reborn,
Is glowing in a quiet morn
Beneath an all-abiding sun,
While every creature moving in the deep
Effuses 'I am one'.
When, finally, the endless blue is fading,
When the yellow burns away,
And light disintegrates to something without shadows,
I will be alone and free
As I am here.
And I will join the silence without sadness,
And I will own the darkness without fear--
As I am one
And I can feel,
As I am free
And I am here.