A Grandfather's Dirge (continued)

iaian7 » blog » poetry   John Einselen, 16.05.11    

Started in 2008 after dreaming of my grandfather, the poem remained unfinished at just two stanzas until his death on May 12th, 2011. After writing two more stanzas, it was recorded late the night before the funeral and played during the service. Forgive the roughness, I’m not the greatest musician! Instruments include neck-style dulcimer and irish whistle.

Hello my weeping daughter,
hello my bright eyed sons…
Fear not for I am just travelling,
to see beyond the sun.

Long have I walked these pastures,
to work and weathered hands…
And now to go before you,
to tread the golden lands.

Torn back, the sky has faded,
but light has only grown…
All shadows run and flee,
before the fire-ry throne.

Though mourning me, my lass,
and time is slow to pass…
Spring rain has washed the land,
and I, by the blood of the Lamb.

Hello my weeping daughter,
hello my bright eyed sons…
Fear not for I am just travelling,
to see beyond the sun.

Herbert Van-Vliet, 13.06.11

Thank you. I came here for code, but found your music and thoughts touching my heart.

Music needs instruments and tones, but is so much more than just that.
A thought needs words and sentences but is so much more than just that.

What a bonus, what a blessing.
Best,
<< Herbert

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