Last year, at Summerfolk 42, our Sharing Circle coordinator, Robert Menzies conceived his most ambitious democratic poem yet. We will present it over the next three weeks, in three parts.
An Ode to Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival #42, in the year 2017
Summerfolk is at the core:
It’s underneath our surface,
where only the fondest, fertile
remembrances, dreams, and wishes dwell.
It’s the roots of a spirit tree,
into our collective,
In annual August air its branches propagate anew,
in the sun,
or the wind…
Whatever comes its way.
It blossoms for three days, and this year, one extra, bonus night.
Old favourites and fresh discoveries, bursting forth,
up through its roots,
and out through its branches:
A rich tradition that is, for many,
the framework for memory nests of summers past,
and the seeds of summers ahead…
An ever spreading expanse,
a tapestry woven from a single thread.
This tree bears fruit that nourishes our soul:
It feeds not our stomach, but our eyes and ears –
(although it does have vendors of delicious food to quench those appetites, too) –
We marvel at its craft.
We dance with its music.
And at a primal, gut level,
We feel our heart replenished.
It’s the magical, medicinal Vitamin “M” of music
to live happily,
to lift spirits.
If we close our eyes
we become the air that vibrates with melodious voice,
permeating our toes to the ends of our hair.
In the background, Kelso’s chorus: (page 2 of Ode to Summerfolk 42)
the lap of shoreline water at its edge,
the happy cries of high flying gulls overhead;
and we are golden in that Summerfolk shine
that embellishes our own curious natures
and our love of song.
“Love” is the answer to every question,
and if the question is, “Why Summerfolk?”
THAT is the answer.
Each day’s first musical chords are like a good morning cup of coffee.
It sets in motion the rhythm of life …
A living, breathing haiku poem:
The rhythm of life
Is much enhanced by music
Hearing and playing.
To us the music sings
Reminding it’s one of life’s greatest things.
And music can be a weapon
to use against the foils of a sometimes too material
But above all, a tool of mass construction
uniting voices to rise
in sweet song
some sandy shore
and setting them free.
And often, here at Kelso Beach,
entire crowds are up and on their feet,
dancing and cheering to the Summerfolk beat.
Love is at the centre of each sharing circle, jam, and band,
knitting a community united by a common thread…
a warm hug of people coming together… (page 3 of Ode To Summerfolk 42)
an instant neighbourhood
where one can “walk” in peace and joy together
and share an inner a cappella harmony
that is among the best humanity has to offer.
And we are lifted up,
and we lift each other up.
In a world which too often could use a lot more love,
at Summerfolk we find that love.
Its roots are here
for people of all ages in its congregation… its accumulation;
And many have made new friends,
and some have even first-time-met their spouses here.
With each festival’s echoes, that’s what you often hear.
And there’s always lots of children,
sons, daughters, and grandchildren
absorbing the rich tradition
to carry into the future
singing and dancing
to the rhythm of eternal vibration.
The wheel is unbroken, the path ahead open and clear.
Old souls and new beginnings.
PART 3 next week
Bennett, Eleanor Jean Web (age 6) / Campbell, Dylan / Chloe, A. H. / Curtis (age 8) /
Dean, Mike (age 72) / Erle the Perle / Farmer, Jon / Geberdt-Noade, Carrie /
Gerringer, Esther / Gilas, Bruno / Grace, Nadene / Hall, Jordan / Hastie, Cliff /
Katz, Shawna / Legree, Michelle / LeMoine, Sage / Leven-Marcou, Andrea / Moore, Reg /
McKenzie, Crystal / Menzies, James / Menzies, Caroline / Mundy, Liana /
Nathaniel (last name ?) / Nolan (age 5) / Pellerin, Jess / Phillips, David / Schiller, Pat /
Scott (last name???) / Smith, Cody / Thomas, Marguerite Oberle / Thorne, Becky /
Top, Aaron / Turner, Lynne / VanDyk, Jodi Birch / VanDyk, Laura / Van Wyk, Paul /
Whittam, Janet / Wilson, Richard / Woods, Dean / Writenow Sarah .