My Deathday— Groom to the Salt by Michael Leon

A Groom to the Salt
(A Deathday song for Andrew)
Words and Music by Michael Leon
Backing Vocals by Emma Tibaldo

The sun’s slanting rays cut a path through the waves as the darkness crept over the sand.
I saw him slip in, shed his terrestrial skin for the gleam of the foam, saw him descend in the horizon’s expanse.

Chorus:
An ease in the waves and the gall of the brave have written many a swimmer’s lament.
To each his own lot, he’s a groom to the salt – the sea’s lover is finally spent.

I saw him rise gleaming and wet at the first bars edge and walk on as if in a trance.
Silhouetted in foam and the dying sun’s glow he moved on without a backwards glance

Chorus

At the 2nd bar or about, he turned and threw a hand out in a final happy salute
Then set out again towards a vague distant end, an adventurous youthful recruit. 

Bridge:  Was there something beyond that only he saw, another sandbank or a beckoning form. Did he simply give in, or did a new life begin, as a chrysalis, a pupa reborn.

Chorus:

Never were we to see him on land as body or man, there was no sign, neither wet nor dry.
I still look out to the waves as sun slowly fades, and I wonder what happened that night.

 Chorus

Now the people about can argue and shout about forms and apparitions at sea.
For my own part, from what I know of his arts, there’s little he could do that would come as a surprise to me.

Chorus:

An ease in the waves and the gall of the brave have written many a swimmer’s lament.
To each his own lot, he’s a groom to the salt – the sea’s lover is finally spent.

This year I decided to do something different for my birthday; I decided to celebrate my death. The end result was an incredible evening of poetry, song, storytelling, drawing, conceptual art, chocolate cake, laughter and a whole lot of love. Over the next several weeks I will be posting the results.

To see all the posts to-date, click here

To go to the My Deathday main page click here

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3 thoughts on “My Deathday— Groom to the Salt by Michael Leon

  1. Reblogged this on Mumbling Jack and commented:
    Andrew Griffin’s brilliant Deathday part idea was the genesis of this gorgeous song by Michael Leon. Have a listen, and watch Andrew’s blog for the posting of the material written for his Deathday.

  2. Pingback: My Deathday— How Andrew Dies by Barbara Lougheed | tankawanka

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