My Sea Berth, At Night

Commissioned by Peggy Holmes and Jim Hicks
Written for Newport String Project
Dedicated to James and June Hicks
for violin, violoncello, vibraphone and their voices
Text by Jim Hicks
2016
7 minutes



Surrounded by sea,
the briny source of our sweat, our tears, our very blood,
I listen,
as unborn,
to a steady heartpulse of waves
against my frail shell;
waves generated by a far distant force.
Harbored in my amniotic envelope,
I drift back to my liquid origins,
the primal broth from which life emerged.

The sea within.
The sea without.

It cradles me
          and rocks me
                         to sleep.