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A Child's Sleep [HanJan & cis minor]

Cis Minor on October 27, 2012 21:25

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    This piece is based on the enchanting poem "A Child's Sleep" by Carol Ann Duffy (
    This poem is published in the book "New Selected Poems" -->

    I'd like to thank the wonderful Hannah HanJan for collaboration! When I read the lyrics I was immediately excited to write music for this poem, and immediately I thought of Hannah as the perfect singer. Thank you, Hannah!

    I dedicate the track to both my beloved daughter Aya and Hannahs lovely daughter Eleanor <3

    A Child's Sleep (poem by Carol Ann Duffy)
    I stood at the edge of my child’s sleep
    hearing her breathe;
    although I could not enter there,
    I could not leave.
    Her sleep was a small wood,
    perfumed with flowers;
    dark, peaceful, sacred,
    acred in hours.

    And she was the spirit that lives
    in the heart of such woods;
    without time, without history,
    wordlessly good.

    I spoke her name, a pebble dropped
    in the still night,
    and saw her stir, both open palms
    cupping their soft light;

    then went to the window. The greater dark
    outside the room
    gazed back, maternal, wise,
    with its face of moon.

    "A Child's Sleep [HanJan & cis minor]" by Cis Minor is licensed under a Creative Commons License


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