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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,
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.
Peter (Cis Minor) has long been one of my absolute favourite people on Soundcloud: he has such a sensitive heart, enthusiasm for beauty, generosity in his listening and writes such incredibly moving pieces. I felt really delighted when he invited me to collaborate and sing this beautiful composition that sets this wonderful, tender poem. The subject matter is so close to my heart and with Peter's talent as a Composer, I knew it could be so special. Thank you Peter!
This is dedicated by us both to our wonderful sleeping beauties: Aya and Eleanor.