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This song isn't a song for choirs - it's a solo but I just wanted to share it with you.

The soprano is Sidonie Henbest, premiering this piece live at my recent concert of sacred music. The text is Rumi.

Her voice. I won't try to explain it. Just listen.
Maybe pour a glass of a Shiraz, get some dark chocolate, dim the light.

You can contact Sidonie here
Thank you to Mark Sandon for such a sensitive accompaniment.
And the beautiful live recording by Ray Thomas and Peter Day
13 August 2017 in St John's in the Wilderness Adelaide

When someone mentions the beauty of the night sky,
climb on the roof and dance and say,
Like this.

When someone sings the poetry of clouds uncovering the moon,
slowly loosen the strings of your robe.
Like this.

If anyone asks what "God’s fragrance" means,
lean your head toward them.
Keep your face close.
Like this.

If anyone wonders how Jesus raised the dead,
don’t try to explain the miracle.
Kiss me on the lips.
Like this.

When lovers moan, they’re telling our story.

If anyone asks you how the perfect satisfaction
of all our sexual longing will look,

lift your face and say,
Like this.

How did Joseph’s scent come to Jacob?
How did Jacob’s sight return?
A little wind cleans the eyes.
Like this.