18. Northwest windsong

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Text: A new poem about the wild beauty of the rocky coast that stretches from central California north to Alaska.


Rain-coast out of time,
washed by wild water and wind.
Unsleeping watchmen
cypress cling to broken rock;
seal floats along with the tide.

Rivers and mountains and waves in the sky;
Grey is the wind and the rain lashing by.

Road ends at this sign.
Find your own way to go on.
Follow the sea spray
from the bay to open swell,
boat growing smaller each mile.

Rivers and mountains and waves in the sky;
Great is the wind and the rain lashing by.

Eagle in the sky
wheels in the arms of the wind:
master of chaos.
Orcas lead and follow us:
power of muscle and mind.

Rivers and mountains and waves in the sky;
Great is the ocean of wind rushing by.

Still fog after dawn
whispered that nothing is real.
One island, three trees.
Then a squall that lifts the veil:
Roaring, the world is renewed!

Rivers and mountains and waves in the sky;
Great is the spirit of wind rushing by.

Musicians: SATB chorus & piano.

Length: 5 minutes.

Style: Romantic.

[North Head, WA]

North Head, WA

Peter Bird 2011

[roadless coast, CA]

roadless coast, CA

Peter Bird 2011

[Marin_Headlands, CA]

Marin Headlands, CA

Peter Bird 2011

Fresh Choral Music Online, by Peter Bird of Los Angeles