Geranium

from by Jane Siberry

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lyrics

I don’t remember a box
I don’t remember a bow
I do remember
a gunnel
ribs
thump of paddle
I do remember women’s voices
and being carried across the water
shoreline
white pine
ravens
wilderness
I don’t remember where I was
when I first was lifted up
I don’t remember where I was
when I first held the cup
I only know that you were there
I looked into your eyes
and there I saw a world so …
I don’t remember a bow
I do remember a box
the box much smaller than you
when you were born
your father stumbling once
carrying your box across the lawn
I do remember the minister’s shoes
and a lawn-mower nearby
a drop of dew
geraniums
and the crumpled kleenex
in my mother’s hand beside
I don’t remember where I was
when I first was lifted up
I don’t remember who I was
when I first held the cup
I only know that you were there
I looked into your eyes
and there I saw a world
so beautiful
so full of love
and hardship, too
I held my breath
and with the breath of God
I came rushing through

credits

from ANGELS BEND CLOSER, released November 18, 2016
Jane: vocals, piano
Pauline Kim: viola
Christine Kim: cello
James Roe: oboe
David Travers-Smith: trumpets, e-flat peck horns
Carolyn Fazio: synths, virtual instruments

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