Music for children’s choir

Headphone-bound, children sing as I round the corner.

The nonchalance of late morning traffic greets

a flutter of flight – black and white feathers –

painting the street in uncontrolled strokes:

a rise, a swoop, a leap, a fall.


Ballet-graced, yet deadly in its implications:

too wild, too close to the turmoil of wheels.

Cars persevere. Children sing:

Veni Domine, et noli tardare.

O come; no delay. Around the tyre-tracks of the day,

a magpie fights death as it flies.



Canticle (The Cornucopia of Heaven #3)


After Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, “Venite Exultemus Domino”


So lift –
lift high
the horn
of praise
O praise –
O come
to praise
the One
who made
the dawn
and made
the stars
and gave
the dawn
to brighten hearts
and praise
the morning
star of Truth,
praise Him
who hurls!
the hail down
and scatters seed
and moulds
the land.
O kneel
His shepherd throne.
O come
to praise,
to hear…