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December / Willow in the Sun

by The Duke of Norfolk

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Oh the things that I have done
And the things that I keep doing
With the river I have run
Washed in waters that keep keeping me awake

Tiny wars and petty things I make

Now a willow in the sun
Golden light as I lay weeping
For the love that I have wronged
For the thought that came and carried me away

Ever troubled by the trouble I have made

Only cyclical or sickly?
does it trend towards the better?
Like st Francis of Assisi
Am I drawn towards the desert?

To build my hermitage from pieces
I collected from these letters
Trust the seer now in seeing that
The tongue will loose the water from the gate

And turn this empty valley to a lake

Then death & life like lovers will embrace

…mourning is mending / excuse my lamenting…


released November 13, 2020
Recorded & Performed by Adam Howard

Sample ["Mourning is Mending / Excuse My Lamenting"] from "Desert Days" by Byland, used with permission.


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The Duke of Norfolk is a peripatetic singer/songwriter from Oklahoma.

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