Parent 1

Parent 1

You are the fascination

of hillside and cave

whose features grow clearer

to the gazing child.

Your arms are wide

above your hips.

They open on a well

of perpetual nurturing.

Your head is your sanctuary,

hidden in towering cliffs

seen from the tide line

when I climbed from the waves.

And, as I walk to you,

through you, past you,

you dwindle to a little child

tottering towards the witch’s cottage.


© Margaret Morgan 2004

In the opening bars of Parent 1 two Slonimsky patterns are are shared between the choirs. Pattern 663 (c g g# d# e b transposed to A) in choir 1 is set again Pattern 662 (c f# g# d e Bb) in choir II.

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