Moonlit Missive #4: 'A Song in Spring'

by In Gowan Ring



Public release for Vernal Equinox 2021. Originally privately issued through Moonlit Missives subscription: A Forum for Extrapolation through Sundry Avenues of Fascination.


Wild bees that rifle the mango blossom,
Set free awhile from the love-god’s string,
Wild birds that sway in the citron branches,
Drunk with the rich, red honey of spring,

Fireflies weaving aërial dances
In fragile rhythms of flickering gold,
What do you know in your blithe, brief season
Of dreams deferred and a heart grown old?

But the wise winds know, as they pause to slacken
The speed of their subtle, omniscient flight,
Divining the magic of unblown lilies,
Foretelling the stars of the unborn night.

They have followed the hurrying feet of pilgrims,
Tracking swift prayers to their utmost goals,
They have spied on Love’s old and changeless secret,
And the changing sorrow of human souls.

They have tarried with Death in her parleying-places,
And issued the word of her high decree,
Their wings have winnowed the garnered sunlight,
Their lips have tasted the purple sea.


released March 21, 2021
Music set by B’ee with: guitar, voice, flutes, bass lyre, organ, gong.
lyrics / poem by Sarojini Naidu (1879 - 1949).
Photograph by Michael Northam.


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The Symbolist Folk Music of In Gowan Ring channels stories of stones and angels through homemade instruments and human voice.

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