For R. Murray Schafer


rivers flow into rivers

reflection scatters into spindrift
wind wails into psalm

so music flows
into the bloodstream

dance into the bones

words breathe

a brush stroke quivers a pulse

stars jewel a crown
a hunter antlers a stag
an old woman withers into a girl
a carcass births a young man
and wolf rhythms the moon

rivers flow into rivers

I am a tributary of you
you are a branch of me

our waters swirl into clouds

we river
we rain


Rae Crossman
Published in Descant, Issue 88

Set for choir by Jennifer Butler to celebrate Murray Schafer’s 80th birthday. Performed by the Wolf Project chorus.