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Dear Friends~

Wissahickon Blue by Susan Windle

Wissahickon Blue by Susan Windle

As you may know, I lost my dear friend and long-time collaborator Ellen Mason of Voices of a Different Dream to ovarian cancer last summer. Ellen and I were sister poets, co-teachers and performers for over thirty years. For twenty three of those years we were two thirds of the performing ensemble Voices, a trio of women blending poetry and a capella song in many varied venues throughout the Philadelphia area. Beyond the performances and recordings—or perhaps through them–we kept one another company in the deepest ways.

I continue in the friendship and the work with singer Annie Geheb, the third member of our trio.Thankfully, Annie’s rich, second soprano still weaves around my spoken words, and we are finding our way as a duo, We keep Ellen’s voice with us, even as we grow and change. In mourning and celebration then, we will bring in the spring with an intimate concert in a charming venue on the edge of the Wissahickon woods, a place deeply loved by each of us. If you’re in the Philly area this Sunday, whether you are grieving now, or have ever grieved someone you love, please join us in sadness, in comfort and in strength.

The Place Will Comfort You

The place will comfort you,
but first it will make you cry:
the gravity of the place, 
splendid
weight of the rocks,
will tug on you, 
gently, at first, then,
with more insistence, pull 
until, surrendering, 
you descend, become
completely at home, 
among the fallen
yellow leaves, 
not knowing why you weep 
or when
the water will end,
not knowing anything but this:
this that loved you to the ground
this that stays you,
this that holds you,
keeps you here,
in love
with the low, leaving light
that is yours, yours still, 
yours yet 
to bear, light

before which 
you can do nothing
but bow.

–Susan Windle
Cresheim Creek
November, 2013

Here are the details:

The Place Will Comfort You
March 13, 3:30-5:00 PM.
The Cedars House
In the Wissahickon Park on Forbidden Drive, near the intersection of Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118.
For tickets and to RSVP: The Place Will Comfort You
(Suggested donation: $10-20.00)

All love~

Susan

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Susan Windle | Photo by Beverly Rich
Wissahickon Blue by Susan Windle

Wissahickon Blue by Susan Windle

Dear Friends~

As you may know, I lost my dear friend and long-time collaborator Ellen Mason of Voices of a Different Dream to ovarian cancer last summer. Ellen and I were sister poets, co-teachers and performers for over thirty years. For twenty three of those years we were two thirds of the performing ensemble Voices, a trio of women blending poetry and a capella song in many varied venues throughout the Philadelphia area. Beyond the performances and recordings—or perhaps through them–we kept one another company in the deepest ways.

I continue in the friendship and the work with singer Annie Geheb, the third member of our trio.Thankfully, Annie’s rich, second soprano still weaves around my spoken words, and we are finding our way as a duo, We keep Ellen’s voice with us, even as we grow and change. In mourning and celebration then, we will bring in the spring with an intimate concert in a charming venue on the edge of the Wissahickon woods, a place deeply loved by each of us. If you’re in the Philly area this Sunday, whether you are grieving now, or have ever grieved someone you love, please join us in sadness, in comfort and in strength.

The Place Will Comfort You

The place will comfort you,
but first it will make you cry:
the gravity of the place, 
splendid
weight of the rocks,
will tug on you, 
gently, at first, then,
with more insistence, pull 
until, surrendering, 
you descend, become
completely at home, 
among the fallen
yellow leaves, 
not knowing why you weep 
or when
the water will end,
not knowing anything but this:
this that loved you to the ground
this that stays you,
this that holds you,
keeps you here,
in love
with the low, leaving light
that is yours, yours still, 
yours yet 
to bear, light

before which 
you can do nothing
but bow.

–Susan Windle
Cresheim Creek
November, 2013

Here are the details:

The Place Will Comfort You
March 13, 3:30-5:00 PM.
The Cedars House
In the Wissahickon Park on Forbidden Drive, near the intersection of Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118.
For tickets and to RSVP: The Place Will Comfort You
(Suggested donation: $10-20.00)

All love~

Susan

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