Bitter Water Sweet

The children of Israel walked on dry land in the midst of the sea and the water was like a wall to their right and to their left. (Exodus 14:29)

No question The sea took us in to our necks before doubt

could claim our sound Who could unswim a sea-stretch then

No wonder No willing knees unbuckled

No plea unspent No higher ground

Cry mercy Cry shallow Cry harbor

Cry ancestor Cry warning Cry surface

Cry rescue Cry with an outstretched hand

The sea will swallow all your noise

Ask nothing of the crossing that mountains don't ask of valleys

Ask nothing that moons don't ask of the tide

Give me unedged wilderness I will take it in as remedy

This song's initial phoneme sears the tree of your lungs

They say a certain branch can render bitter water sweet

A certain refrain can leech poison from the wound

Don't stop now Keep going