mvt.16  from “The Lost Words”

by Don Macdonald

featuring Elektra Women’s Choir with chamber instruments: director – Morna Edmundson
accompaniment options – piano only or violin, bass clarinet, horn, cello


ock rasps, what are you?
I am Raven! Of the blue-black jacket and the
Boxer’s swagger, stronger and older than peak
and than boulder, raps Raven in reply.
Air asks, what are you?
I am Raven! Prince of Play, King of Guile,
grin-on-face base-jumper, twice as agile as
the wind, thrice as fast as any gale, rasps
Raven in reply.
Vixen ventures, what are you?
I am Raven! Solver of problems, picker of
locks, who can always outsmart stoat and
always out-think fox, scoffs Raven in reply.
Earth inquires, what are you?
I am Raven! I have followed men from forest
edge to city scarp: black shadow, dark
familiar, hexes Raven in reply.

Nothing knows what you are.
Not true! For I am Raven, who nothing cannot
know. I steal eggs the better to grow, I eat
eyes the better to see, I pluck wings the
better to fly, riddles Raven in reply.

by Robert Macfarlane
Kingfisher” image by Jackie Morris




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LINKS to any of the 20 MOVEMENTS

1) Acorn

2) Adder
5) Conker
7) Fern
9) Heron
10) Ivy
12) Lark
13) Magpie
14) Newt
15) Otter
16) Raven
18) Weasel
19) Willow
20) Wren