From the album Celtic Lamentations, Healing for Twelve Months And A Day….
This song is loosely based on the Irish melody "Jail of Clonmel." It is meant to express the most powerful aspects of being alive, in spite of the losses and challenges we face. This embrace of the full range of life's gifts is expressed beautifully in the poem "When Death Comes," by Mary Oliver:
When Death Comes
by Mary Oliver
I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth
tending as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it's over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened
or full of argument.
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.