Trail of Prayer

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In Cinque Terre, in Northern Italy, you can hike for miles along the cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea. These paths connect five medieval villages, and along some of them are votives built into the rock walls, with prayers to the Virgin Mary. You can light candles and make offerings right there along the trail. Such a lovely custom, to offer a prayer surrounded by the beauty of nature.

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I run until I cannot breathe
Out among the trembling leaves
The cliffs plunge into the silver sea

The branches drip their sacrament
Resin frozen in descent
A benediction captive in a tree

My feet caress the earth
The votives burn and lay us bare
Give life to those who dare
Give life to those who walk the trail of prayer

The brooding moods of sea and sky
Shimmer through her storm swept eye
Casting shadow over all who yearn

Sorrow shrouded in the vines
Promise of more hopeful times
Poems dreamed amidst the candles burning

My feet caress the earth
The votives burn and lay us bare
Give life to those who dare
Give life to those who walk the trail of prayer

I wander wild through this wide open world
Out at the edges of things I cannot change
Wistful and weary I wait for a welcome
Into the arms of the seelie and the strange

My feet caress the earth
The votives burn and lay us bare
Give life to those who dare
Give life to those who walk the trail of prayer

credits

from Portals, released March 1, 2016
Sharon Knight: Vocals, acoustic guitar
Winter: acoustic & electric guitars, slide guitar, harmony vocals
Caith Threefires: bass
Mark Abbott: drums

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Festival favorites Sharon Knight and her longtime collaborator Winter perform a mythic-Celtic style, which they call "Neofolk Romantique; songs for poets, adventurers and lovers of mystery". They tour internationally several months of the year, bringing their fantastical tales of love and magic to festivals, cafes, and homes across the land. ... more

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