EMILY CARR SUITE

by Brian Tate

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RISE – movement 1
Rise
quivering
to the treetops
and to the sky.
Joyously,
rise quivering
tremulously
to the treetops.

The spirit must be moving through
a thirst for more
a desire to rise.

There is something bigger than fact:
The underlying spirit
all it stands for,
the mood, the vastness, the wildness.
Feel this growth – the surging upward,
this expansion – the pulsing life.

SO STILL – movement 2

So still were the big woods where I sat
sound might not yet have been born.
So still were the big woods.
Feel their protecting spread,
their uplifting rise,
their solid immovable strength.

See God in it all.
Enter into the life of the trees,
the silence full of sound.

Everything is green.
Everything is waiting and still.
Everything is alive.

So still were the big woods where I sat
sound might not yet have been born.

 
GO INTO THE GLORY OF THE WOODS – movement 3

Go into the glory of the woods
See God in every particle
Sunlight plays and dances.
Life is sweeping through the spaces.

out into the depth and wideness 
to lift above the outer shell
and everything is in time with everything, 
and the key-note is God.

wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada
something sublime that you were born into, 
some great rugged power that you are a part of.

Oh I do want that thing, that oneness of movement 
that will catch the thing up into one movement and sing!

Emily Carr (1871 – 1949)

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