I Will Be Earth

(1993)

"I Will Be Earth" is the fourth and final song of Gwyneth Walker's song cycle Mornings Innocent, which sets four poems of May Swenson.

I Will Be Earth
by May Swenson


I will be earth, you be the flower,
You have found my root, you are the rain,
I will be boat, and you the rower.
You rock me and toss me, you are the sea.


How be steady earth that is now a flood.
The root is the oar afloat where has blown our bud.
We will be desert, pure salt the seed.
Burn radiant love, born scorpion need.


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