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Cotton & Sage

by Ayla Nereo

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Chestnut and clay, cotton and sage
prisms of color dancing in water
rose on skin, aloe and gin
notes of a harp by the fire in winter
toes in the soil, blueberry mead
watching a garden grow from a seed
dip in a river, dip in a dream
these are a few of my favorite things

Rosemary dried in a bundle beside
all the jars packed with spices, and baskets of peaches
Oh life! You are brimming with dragonflies perching
on woolen hats shading these eyes ever searching
Oh find here before you the diamonds of moments
the piles of wishes and dandelion choices
Oh dance, they are beckoning your eyes to see
chance, take a chance and awake to this dream
loosen your hair, let yourself free
these are a few of my favorite things

Take me by starlight, I’m flying
when the storm comes, when I’m feeling wide as an ocean unfolding
wide as the ocean, I’m wide as the ocean unfolding
(dip in a river, dip in this dream)
take me by starlight I’m flying

Lay on your back, press your gaze to the sky
notice the shapes of the stories that go by
do not be missing your one precious life
the gold colored painting of this day’s last sunlight
drink in the colors of breathing gone wild
and give back a little something of beauty

Twilight and pine, watching the cranes fly home
is the dawn calling a tear from my eye
dip in a river, deep in a dream
these are a few of my favorite things


released January 14, 2022


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Ayla Nereo Nevada City, California

Ayla Nereo is a creature of forests and rivers, a bridger of timeless and modern, a musician and poet weaving a magical and emotional world of sonic beauty. Lyrical meditations and riddles of language dance into tapestries of sound, weaving electronic rhythms with celtic melodies and elvin mantras. With an uncanny ability to crack open the heart, here is an ode to the innate wonder of being human. ... more


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