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Moonset

by Thomas Truax

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Full Moon Surprise #68

Based on the poem by Emily Pauline Johnson (1861 – 1913)

One of Canada's most popular and successful entertainers at the turn-of-the-century, daughter of a Mohawk Native-Canadian father and an English mother, Pauline Johnson used the Mohawk name "Tekahionwake". At the age of 31 when her society expected her to marry and have children, she began to tour the country. She gave popular recitals of her poetry, comedy routines and plays from Halifax to Vancouver. She was the first Native poet to have her work published in Canada. She was also one of the few female writers at the time who could make an independent living from what she wrote and performed.

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Moonset

Idles the night wind through the dreaming firs,
That waking murmur low,
As some lost melody returning stirs
The love of long ago;
And through the far, cool distance, zephyr fanned
The moon is sinking into shadow-land.

The troubled night-bird, calling plaintively,
Wanders on restless wing;
The cedars, chanting vespers to the sea
Await its answering
That comes in wash of waves along the strand
The while the moon slips into shadow-land

O! soft responsive voices of the night
I join your minstrelsy,
And call across the fading silver light
As something calls to me
I may not all your meaning understand
But I have touched your soul in shadow-land

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released June 12, 2022

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Thomas Truax London, UK

"Thomas Truax crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with all things lunar. He travels the world performing with his "band" of bizarre self-made instruments including a motorized drum machine made with bike wheels and a souped-up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', as well as his venerable guitar 'Hank'.
"Inventive and Romantic" -TimeOut
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