song 11

a.
Who is – Who is this wilderness?
Learning into love. Leaning on love.
Who knows the woods like this?
A deer the color of trees,
Breathing, alert as a burned hand.
Daughters of Jerusalem, do not wake love up until it’s time.
Let love heal, love as graceful as a child stretched out sleeping.

b.
Who is this wildness coming up, learning through love?
The heart’s a swimming seal in the space of the flood.
River’s only move, the swimmer’s a dance
Money’s minutes on a map and love is a France
What’s to do, sister? You marry everything
No way around you, there you are –
Through the wall at wilderness, and sundog bears your ring
With you in the waiting, sun to star, sun to star
Climb Child Mountain and play the young stage,
I’ll make you cinnamon toast
Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her love?
Place me like a seal on your heart, for love is as strong as death.
Many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot wash it away.
If one were to give all the wealth of a house for love,
It would be utterly scorned.
What shall we do for our sister, the day she is spoken for?
If she is a wall, we will build towers of silver on her.
If she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar.
Come away my lover,
And be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains.

c.
Ardor, unyielding as fire…
Who is this wilderness, learning into love?
Who knows the woods this way?
A deer the color of trees, breathing, alert as a burned hand.
Daughters of Jerusalem: do not wake love up until it wants to wake up,
Graceful as a child stretched out.
Love has trouble sleeping.
River wrapped in river when the thaw comes –
Spring braiding rapids cannot amaze love,
A beach cannot hammer the gold of it down,
The fire fits inside nothing else.

d.
The river is one of several messages, a moving tattoo.
Under the apple tree I roused you.
There where your mother made you/held you in concept; there gave you birth.
Love such as this is the sugar of your worth.
The newborn against the breast finding her mother’s eyes.
Who is that coming through the wilderness?
A deer is the material strength of a bagpipe band marking the end of a silent retreat
Standing four legged in the disguise of a forest.

e.
River wrapped in river when the thaw comes,
Spring braiding rapids cannot amaze love,
A beach cannot hammer down the gold of it,
The fire fits inside nothing else.
Who is – Who is this wilderness?
Learning into love. Leaning on love.
Who knows the woods like this?
A deer the color of trees,
Breathing, alert as a burned hand.
Daughters of Jerusalem, do not wake love up until it’s time.
Let love retreat to knit back, love as graceful as a child stretched out sleeping.

f.
Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her love?
The heart’s a swimming seal in the space of the flood.
River’s a move, the swimmer’s a dance
Place me like a seal on your heart, for love is as strong as death.
What’s to do, sister? You marry everything
Many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot wash it away.
What shall we do for our sister, the day she is spoken for?
Climb Child Mountain and play the young stage,
I’ll make you cinnamon toast

g.
Its jealousy is a grave.
It burns like a blazing.
Sleep does, sleep is.
Love wants to wake up.
Graceful as a child stretching out.
River reaching into river when the thaw comes amazing.
For moves like this your mother made you;
Love such as this: the sugar of your worth.

h.
Sleeping to breaking
Pomegranate. Spice
Swimming like a seal, a flame
Who is this wildness, learning into love?
Who knows the woods this way?
A deer the color of trees, breathing, alert as a burned hand
The material strength of a bagpipe band tattooing the end of a silent retreat
Come home,
I’ll make you cinnamon toast

prime
Who is – Who is this wilderness?
Learning into love. Leaning on love.
Who knows the woods like this?
A deer the color of trees,
Breathing, alert as a burned hand.
Daughters of Jerusalem, do not wake love up until it’s time.
Let love heal, love as graceful as a child stretched out sleeping.

Who is this wildness coming up, learning through love?
The heart’s a swimming seal in the space of the flood.
River’s only a move, but the swimmer’s a dance
Money’s lines on a map and love is a France

Climb Child Mountain and play the young stage,
I’ll make you cinnamon toast

River wrapped in river when the thaw comes –
Spring braiding rapids cannot amaze love,
A beach cannot hammer the gold of it down,
The fire fits inside nothing else.

Under the apple tree I roused you.
There where your mother made you; there gave you birth.
Love such as this: the sugar of your worth.
Newborn lying on the breast finds her mother’s eyes.
A deer is the material strength of a bagpipe band
Marking the end of a silent retreat
Standing four legged in the disguise of a forest.

Climb Child Mountain and play the young stage,
Then come home, and I’ll make you cinnamon toast

Be with me as I’m with you

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