Tall trees surround the rows of benches in the grove
Our tender eyes gaze beyond the good reverend.
A soft breeze moves through, rustling pages
My eyes gaze at the sunlight on the lake.
Sunday afternoon and
We are dressed in skirts with flowers and shirts with collars.
The Reverend winds up to do his rooster imitation.
His 85 year old neck craning and
the skin on his skinny arms flapping back!
He was crowing to us, calling to us, calling.
He’d been a chaplain on the ships during World War 2,
And now he was here with us softer lambs.
The softer lambs of summer camp,
making sure his daughters,
Faith and Hope
kept our feet walking the Lords narrow road.
The Sunday grove of trees hugged the benches in close,
All of us, dressed in our summer (seventies) best,
Had walked, run, had tumbled lazily to
Come sit in the July heat,
to lift every voice and sing.
Tell about how Jesus could save us.
Really, we’d lift every voice
at chapel every morning, God Bless America,
bible study every afternoon,
And devotion every night. Devotion every night.
My heart was as wide as a silver river
and spilled towards what promised bigger.
Flowed to seas, each drop in me, me wanting to fall, fall into vast.
I simply wanted Jesus to be my friend, to be my friend.
And inwardly, I held his hand his so tight.
I was 5 and held his hand.
I was 6, 7, 8 and 9 and held his hand so tight.
10, 11, 12, 13, God protect me.
chapel every morning, bible study every afternoon,
devotions, devotion…Jesus be my friend.
14, 15 and 16 and inwardly I held his hand so tight.
And my eyes, gazed past the Reverend to the waves on the lake.
I was 16 when the reverend lowered me
Into the tender waters to baptize me.
Kissed by sunlight that summer morning.
I lift every voice in me.
from waterworks (demo),
released August 23, 2018
Kim Zombik, lyrics and music
Nicolas Caloia, music
Silvervest is the duo project of Kim Zombik and Nicolas Caloia. With just voice and bass, their aim is fresh music that plays between swagger and sweetness, caressing and careening, amusing and amazing. Vibrant, the music is unset and generous.