CANTICLES

Inspired by a visit to the small village of Kpna in the north of the African country, Togo, Canticles places at its heart, the rhythms and melodies from community songs.

Glowing with the light of a thousand,

a thousand galaxies,

Flowing with the strength

of a ceding river,                                              

Embracing and transforming

from season to season,

Loving with no limits.

 

Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my love anew for you as we wake in the morning.

Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my hands be strong when we're working long in the sunlight.

Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my heart be still as we sit alone in the moonlight.

Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my sense be clear as we sleep at night in the forest.

Oh my beloved, O my beloved, my love be strong. Let peace come to you in your sleeping.

 

Mount Kililanjaro and Lake Victoria

Rift Valley and the Serengeti Plain

Fat baobabs and shady mango trees

Hippos and lions, elephants and eagles

 

Busy black ants and hopping fleas

Wriggling tadpoles and mosquito larvae

Sisal plant tips and tall lake reeds

Maasai spears and hunting arrows

 

Coconut milk and roasted yams

sponges and porridge and golden ripe mangos

ugar cane sweet and sundered dates

sweet pineapples and bananas