Arc Iris - Become You Blackbird

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Become You Blackbird

Become you blackbird, I’ll be the feather
upon your wing so you may fly
& when of flying you grow weary
I’ll sing to you this lullaby.

Become you fox, I’ll be the bugle
calling off the hunting dogs
so you may slip away, my darling
to safely wander through the fog.

Become you wolf, I’ll be the moonlight
to show the path & stir your blood
& should you howl in my direction
I pray it be a howl of love.

Become you soldier, I’ll be the drummer
signaling the battle’s end
so you may come home & find me waiting
to draw you close & take your hand.

Become you dead, I’ll be your mourner
& sing this song for all my days
until my voice becomes a willow
to grow & weep upon your grave.

Become you blackbird, I’ll be the feather
upon your wing so you may fly
& when of flying you grow weary
I’ll sing to you this lullaby.

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from Modern Ballads, released January 29, 2018

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GennaRose Nethercott Somerville, Massachusetts

GennaRose Nethercott is the author of THE LUMBERJACK'S DOVE (Ecco/HarperCollins, forthcoming 2018), selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her other recent projects include A GHOST OF WATER (an ekphrastic collaboration with printmaker Susan Osgood) and the narrative song collection MODERN BALLADS. ... more

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