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Love Song from an alternative universe

Postby Tony » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:18 am

Lullaby for lovers

My, but this is a bit slushy. It's from my Other Song sequence and is going to come from a memory of a significant moment between two characters, Shanlee and Jonesh, whose relationship is going through a bad patch and a separation of innumerable dimensions and light years. Think of the sun's children as being equivalent to swallows or swifts or martins, which ever does it for you. It came to me in a waking dream if that is any excuse.


Lullaby

We will build our nest high
high above the teeth and claws
high above the troubles and fears
We will choose a tree so tall
we can watch the sun rise and set
above the forest spread out below

Here we will live the life of our dreams
Here we will sing the songs of our love
Here we will watch the sun’s children
fly and wheel above our heads
We will join with them in song
as our hearts fly and swoop in an embrace

Call to them my love
that we may tell them
what gifts we have to share
Tell them to spread the news
across the lands they pass
that love still lives for all who let it in
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Re: Love Song from an alternative universe

Postby Ariel » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:41 pm

Awww, lovely! :)
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Re: Love Song from an alternative universe

Postby Tony » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:03 pm

Maybe it should be seen in context of the piece I've now placed it:

A lullaby for lovers remembered / A love song remembered

Tenshae looked out across the tops of the neighbouring home trees as the sun slowly sank into the west. Her mother sat speaking to Shanlee, on her lap Briar was trying to stay awake. Shanlee was reading to Timea, the little girl seated at her side.

“Look! They are back,” called out Tenshae.

Briar slipped from his mother’s lap, now wide awake, and rushed to his sister’s side. “Show me!”

Shanlee paused in her reading and looked over to where the two were staring through the gaps in the cane railings.

“They’ve just seen the martins,” said Tarak. “They have returned for the summer from where no one knows.”

“The martins?”

“The birds. Come, I will show you,” said Timea, getting off her chair and offering her hand up to Shanlee.

The three of them joined the two children at the platform rail.

“There they go!” said Tenshae pointing. “They are catching their supper.”

“Flies and bugs,” said Briar. “Yummy.”

“Urgh!” said Timea.

“Martins you said.”

“Yes, rok martins,” said Tarka. ”That’s what we call them. Some call them jack martins.”

As they watched the birds swoop and turn above the trees Shanlee was suddenly lost in a memory. She was back on her home world with Jonesh standing close to her. They were high up . . . where was it. The cliff overlooking their home nest. Below them a flock of skymmers was soaring and shrieking in the evening light. Shanlee rested her head on Jonesh’s shoulder.

“It is so beautiful here,” she said. “I will never leave.”

Jonesh kissed her head and started to sing a song that Shanlee had not heard before.

“We will build our nest high
high above the teeth and claws
high above the troubles and fears.
We will choose a tree so tall
we can watch the sun rise and set
above the forest spread out below.

Here we will live the life of our dreams.
Here we will sing the songs of our love.
Here we will watch the sun’s children
fly and wheel above our heads.
We will join with them in song
as our hearts fly and swoop in an embrace.

Call to them my love
that we may tell them
what gifts we have to share.
Tell them to spread the news
across the lands they pass over
that love still lives for all who let it in.”

“That was lovely. Did you write it?”

“It just came to me,” she replied.

“I will do something for you,” said Shanlee. She began to call and whistle lightly while holding her hand outstretched. After a moment or two, the skymmers turned and swooped up to them. One came closer still and hovered before alighting onto Shanlee’s forefinger. It ruffled its charcoal grey plumage and looked from one to the other, its eyes shining like mercury. Shanlee raised her hand slowly and found herself lost in its eyes.

“Oh,” said Jonesh. “It’s beautiful.” She slowly held out her hand and the bird hopped across to it.

Shanlee felt a shiver as if a spell had been broken. “Come let’s go back home.”

Jonesh raised her hand and the bird flew off to rejoin the flock.

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“They are like skymmers from my home,” Shanlee said. “They used to come closer if you called to them.”

“Call to them,” said Tenshae, “Please?”

“Yes, yes,” shouted the other two children.

“These are different birds,” said Tarak.

“It’s alright, I’ll try,” said Shanlee. She began to whistle shrilly in short bursts interspersed with chirps.

The children started to clap their hands and tried to copy the calls.

“Shush,” said their mother. “Just listen and watch.”

After a couple of minutes of whistling, Shanlee decided it would be fine if she stopped as nothing seemed to be happening.

“Look, they are coming.” Tenshae whispered.

Suddenly the birds were all around them, chirping and calling. Not quite believing what was happening, Shanlee held out her hand and indicated to the others to do the same.

Tenshae offered up both her arms and soon she had birds perched all along them. Her brother and sister were content with a bird perched on each of their upheld hands. Even Tarak had a pair of martins sharing her hand.

Shanlee raised her hand and examined the small grey bird twittering on her hand. It cocked its head to one side and blinked at her. Its eyes sparkled like silver, like mercury.
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Re: Love Song from an alternative universe

Postby The Master » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:50 pm

A very nice scene. You have a talent for dialog, and the poem suits it well.
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