Nathan Lewis Williams – Lay Me Down

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“…lay me down, in silence easy, to be born again…” – Van Morrison

 
All that changes
changes in dreams
all that moves
moves on in dreams
and I’ve been sleeping a long time
 
Dreams of running 
evading the clutches of fate through cunning
have ended
I have surrendered to you all
 
Dreams of flying
of rising above the crowd
I will deflate
 
And so relinquishing 
this great and godly gift
my power
wanting no more of my will
or the ache of potential 
lay me down, lay me down…
 
And yet, 
you women closing in on a young boy
who floats upon the softly rippling surface
for an instant – 
how I watch in awe your sure approach
and fear
the sudden sinking!
 
And now I fear that like the ancient hero I am bled
for love of her to whom so gladly
so gladly I was led
 
So should I die now
where I am
upon this floor 
this bed of oak leaves, snow-swept
in a graveyard, huddled
on a mountain
in a courtyard, spinning
on a highway
whether to be woken or to dream
but certainly to change
I lay me down…
 
…And wonder how
as one might tumble from a clifftop 
and still catch sight of heather blossom drifting
in a breeze, how yet the look of life is on the face
of one so clearly destined
to this passing
 
Nathan is a musician based in Glastonbury.

Image above: Elli Lestas – Stain

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