All Sails Unfurled

I stumbled across a recording of a song that I wrote over 10yrs ago for Linuwel School in East Maitland. It was a song to bring all the school years together from Yr12 to kindy, plus parents/family, at the end of a night of performance and song in the school hall. (tiny school)

Kindergarten were and always have been the keepers of grace and love and on this night the sea of everyone parted as they spiraled in so quietly to the hall. The whole school sang. It was amazing.

This song is called ,”All Sails Unfurled”, which, funnily enough, was my School motto at Wickham Girls Highschool which sat next to the industrial, Newcastle Harbour. Its such a fantastic motto and a great message to impart on a child and young adult. Funny ,because our sails were, by rumour, unfurled. My preferred boat was a pennyfarthing skateboard, my sails were my legs as I charted a path down the Tafe carpark in handstand position.

I thought of the precarious nature of the relationship between parent and child. How trust and unconditional love walks such a complicated path. How we all do our best even though our best may fall short.

What I wanted to capture in this song was the heart space. The heart ache. The joy. What we hold as carefully as we can in the love and guidance we share. Really our wisdom is only  a tiny step ahead of our children. Kindy’s have so much to teach.

This was sung by my children’s choir, Cicada. You can hear their honesty when they sing it. Bless.

All Sails Unfurled.

Written by Tanya Sparke.

A conversation between the parent and the child

Deepest pool of heart and soul

Carry me on to oceans blue

There I’ll sing my truest song

To you my moon

And all I love

 

Bravely you bring me forward

Braver still you offer me this life

All my joy, my pain confided

In quietness, gentleness, courage and love.

 

They say;

be with me

I’ll never tire

Grow with me I’ll offer you my soul.

Take these pearls like the deepest diver.

Build your boat, fill your sails

Off you go

 

Deepest pool of heart and soul

Carry me on to oceans blue

There I’ll sing my truest song

To you my moon

And all I love

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