Words ©1981 Sherry MacMahon
Music ©2007 Gordon Bok
Kat Logan: vocal and keyboard
Gordon: vocal and Viol da Gamba
Sherry is an old friend from Colorado Springs who finds the loveliest ways to tell her friends how she feels about them. She sent this poem to me many years ago, and I made the tune so I could share it with more people. I've known Kat Logan for quite a few years, but never had much of a chance to sing with her until she and her husband Jim Loney moved nearby last year. Since then, they've become a welcomed part of the musical community here.
How shall I send my love to you in winter, with you so far away?
Beyond the frowning frozen lands, beyond the snarling sea
I will send it with the snowy owl, sailing silent through the midnight sky
And when you hear his hoarse and whispered cry, you will know he comes from me
How shall I send my love to you in springtime, with you so far away?
Beyond the long and lilting lands, beyond the sighing sea
I will send it with the mourning dove, soft and insistent in the distant trees
Hearing her you will know she brings my love to set your heart at ease
How shall I send my love to you in summer, with you so far away?
Beyond the dry and dusty lands, beyond the simmering sea
I will send it in the Bobwhite’s whistle, just as the first light of the morning comes
And when you hear her calling you will know that you are not alone
How shall I send my love to you in autumn, with you so far away?
Beyond the ripe and rambling lands, beyond the surging sea
I will send it warm in wild goose down, the way the hummingbird is said to ride
And when you hear that wild and windy laughter it will be me by your side
But how shall I send it in that final winter, and I so far away?
Beyond the sleeping starlit lands, beyond the silent sea
I will send it in the morning sunlight, in the swift storm that burnishes the sky
In the soft breeze that curls its arms around you at the closing of the day