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Across the Fields to Barkingside
The Earlier Train
Percy & Joe
All LostAt Sea
The Holy Book of The Invisible Friend
Short Stories;Fleeting Lives
Passage To E-Utopia
Composer: Ed HookeDate of Composition: June 2013Date of Recording/Copyright:
CommentaryAn avian perspective on changing times. A bird’s eye view of the impact
of human overpopulation on birdlife.
Beetle and bug.Spider and slug.Roaches wriggle.Worms which wiggle while wide beaks
await.New growing hunger briefly sate.
Hopes and hatching.Caught or catching.Fledgling first flight.Fated failure or to
fly on high.Eat the earth or stroke the sky.
Chirp, chirrup, chatter.Coo, chorus.Winnow, whirr, whistle, warble.Tweet and trill.
Fight, feed and forage.Peck and preen.Moult and mate, lay, incubate.Stay and still.
Winds wheel and whirl when the sky goddess sings.Pray we that she should shield us within
her fine feathered wings.
Year on year on year can we keep coming here?Our numbers lessen.Rich greens now austere.Woodlands
flat and clear.Our disappearing ground.
Heath and hedgerow.Moor and meadow.Fen and forest.River reeds returned with interest.Build
anew a nomad's nest.
Twisted twig stack.Moss and mud pack.Thorn and thicket.Straw and stick. It's where
the sun won't shine:proof from predators' prowl-line.
Flock, flap and follow.Glide, gather.Flowing like feathered fluid.Lurch and loop.
Climb! Clouds, we're coming.Hover high.Weightless on waves of warmth tosoar and swoop.
Winds wheel and whirl when the sky goddess sings.Pray we that she should shield us
within her fine feathered wings.
Year on year on year we've been coming here.The vista changes.Rich greens turn austere.Woodlands
stripped lie clear.Our disappearing ground.