If I have an anthem, this is it. If there is a poem/song I wish I had written, this is it. It even feels a little awkward to me that I didn’t write it, given how closely it expresses how I feel, but isn’t that one of the amazing things about art–finding yourself in someone else’s work?
Surrounded by Friendship written by Cynthia Hopkins
the trees are my friends
they offer up their limbs
to shade me from the sun
and whisper with the leaves on the wings of the breeze
and the breeze is my friend
it sings me a song
and carries along
the melody of the birds and the trees
and the birds are my friends
they chirp and they warble
they remind me to be cheerful
even when their wings are wet with the rain
The rest of it is on Dan Zane’s website where you can also hear him and Cynthia Hopkins sing it beautifully.
Here it is performed by John Hodgman, yes, John Hodgman, and I even think he’s being sincere:
Do you have an anthem? Do you have a favorite poem you can’t believe you didn’t write?
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