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Mountain Orchestra

Mountain orchestraJORDAN DEAN

From the top and steady now
Looking up while falling down
On these mountains, we dance
Dramatise our fall from grace

Cold misty mountain range
Climb them all to reach the stage
Where our love notes sound so sweet
Where the cicadas sing as we sleep

Bring the fire dancers, bring the tears
Everything we lost over the years
Start the thunder, beat the drums
All we know we must become

Heartstrings won’t make us see
How they slayed our destiny
GDP forecasts can’t change our past
Shooting stars that fell too fast

Feel the garamut shake the ground
All the truth was never found
Hear the sea gull as it cries
Every tear for every lie

Graceful dove sing your song
Tell me where I went wrong
Dim the stage lights to a glow
Just enough to watch her go

Looking back to see my birthplace
Asking why there’s no warm embrace
Counting stars to find the mean
You and me was just a dream

[From ‘Silent Thoughts: Poetry & Prose’]

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Jordan Dean

Thanks Michael.

Michael Dom

This is a moving and magnificent poem Jordan.

I'm sure many pngians feel this way about their country.

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