Building A Bridge

photos & intro note Nov. 7 & 9th, ‘21

مي,

It has felt to me that at the time I wrote this post, you were already building your own bridge…of which I did not yet know 🗝and I’d find my way there mid-May… I see you needed not build a bridge…you stepped through the waters amidst my tears 😢…and took my hand…🥰

Annan Waters” 💕by Kate Rusby feat. Bob Fox is another very sweet, acoustic setting of this song. 🎼

Jan. 30, ‘21

I discovered traditional Celtic music about 15 years ago when I was 19, had first found Kate Rusby, a British singer, and then some Irish ones.

I liked Kate’s songs also because her vocal range is not too high or low for me to sing too, and the traditional songs often tell a story with imagery that can be envisioned. And about the lyrics, I love how they’re not afraid to express sad things. They are honest and authentic in joy, love, and sorrow. That is what I aspire to do with my second book–-to send out poems that are real in their different emotions.

This is one of my very favorites sung by Kate. I had mentioned her name in the poem, “Sunflower” from my first book, Moonflower.

It is something I am meditating upon and think, each day I intend to build that bridge in whatever way. Somewhere else from where this song was written, the poet, Rumi was building one too. The soul can build a bridge like this.

Here is “Annan Waters” from Kate’s album, Hourglass.

Kate Rusby – Annan Waters

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…But the trying has been sufficient; the bridge has been built and itself keeps building…
—Jade
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May Ziadeh wrote in a letter (from the 1900s sometime):

”Your ability to hearten my heart, which I think is often solid, surprises me how it is with you so soft always, always…”

Mi

portrait of Mai drawn by Kahlil Gibran


Mai, Whatever beauty of you could be shown from someone’s pencil was already far more beautiful as you…💕

((Jade))

P.S. I’d sign my name at the end of my notes long ago like this and only remembered when I’d seen many of yours this way in your book of letters I now have📔…Why had I? I don’t know. ☺️📝

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