Did You Chant the Sun


did you chant the sun
to its rising

did you take its spear
in your eye

did your blood flow quicker
when you danced in dawn

did you throw your arms
to the sky

oh, we’ve lost the sun
the old ones knew

our tongues forgotten
the fevered cry

our feet must find
the ancient dance

or the flames in our hearts
will die


Rae Crossman
Published in The New Quarterly, Issue 101

Set for hurdy-gurdy and soprano by Alexander Rapoport. Performed by David Buley and Brooke Dufton.