A Difficult Journey, A Poignant Reminder
This little poem was commissioned by soprano Kira Rugen for an artsong by composer Ola Gjeilo. This was a difficult piece to write for me. I was going through some tough times personally, and I just wasn’t feeling the redemptive themes she and Ola wanted. I went through many dreary drafts. Then I remembered a passage from a gospel tune (based on Psalm 30) my late wife listened to for inspiration during her battle with cancer-”Don’t be discouraged:/ Joy comes in the morning!”. That phrase, joy comes in the morning, was inscribed on a ring my wife gave me, a gift that I did not receive until after she had died. It’s a powerful reminder of a greater purpose at work in our lives, and once again it gave me the inspiration to get through a difficult time in my life. And enabled me to write this poem.
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