After Gavin Bryars, “Cadman Requiem”
We were not there when stars were flung
wide, wide, across the vast expanse.
We were not there when hearts were knit,
when breath was breathed inside.
We were not there when plans were made,
when laws in hearts were broken.
Yet we were there to feel death’s sting
and feel the plan’s undoing.
We were there when sparks flew up
and fire scorned the fickle ground,
when sound was lost and wings spun out
and everything was falling.
Ours were hearts un-tuned to sounds
of life and perfect leading.
Ours were rebel schemes which blew
the hope out of the sky.
Though stars may fail and hearts implode:
still, still Creator God, uphold.
O kyrie eleison, Christ –
have mercy on us all.
2 thoughts on “Confessional Hymn, After Gavin Bryars’ “Cadman Requiem” (Cornucopia of Heaven)”
Thank you for this beautiful hymn. I came upon your blog by accident after googling Bryar’s Cadman Requiem…a truly beautiful work. We are approaching the 30th anniversary of Lockerbie and you express what is difficult to capture in words.
Thanks so much for the comment. The Bryars work is an amazing one. I hadn’t realized that the 30th anniversary of Lockerbie was coming up. I’ll have to revisit the Cadman Requiem.