I love Chœur Maha and I wrote a piece of music for them based on a poem by Martha Postlethwaite which I also love.  The poem is called Clearing and goes like this:

Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worth of rescue.

And here is the music for a 4 part women’s chorus.

first, the pdf

Clearing, 4 voices and violin

And here is a vocal version recorded by me, with me on all voices.


And here is a version with 9 singers and a violinist recorded at the Conseil des Arts de Montréal on October 27th, 2018.

(Allie Weigh, Krissi Campbell, Avery Gietz, Finn Upham, Chloé Génie, Gwenn Fritau, Catherine Harrison-Boisvert, Melanie Kerridge, Sara Breitkreutz,  and Kali Halapau on violin)


Please read this post from a few years ago which explains more about why I love this poem so much